- Tami Chappell/Reuters
- CDC health expert Timothy Cunningham left work feeling ill more than two weeks ago.
- His family searched his house and found his dog and wallet inside.
- They’re offering $10,000 for any information leading to an arrest.
No one knows where commander Timothy Cunningham has gone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health expert left work feeling sick on February 12, tried to call his mom on his drive home, and hasn’t been seen since.
On Tuesday, Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O’Connor told reporters, “we’re open to any and all possibilities at this time.” Police are not ruling out the idea that Cunningham may still be alive.
Members of the Atlanta PD have searched his home, his computer browser history, sent a dog to sniff out the woods around his house, searched a local cemetery, canvassed his neighborhood, peeked at the records of local jails and hospitals, and sent helicopters flying overhead. But they’ve found no trace of Cunningham.
O’Connor said Cunningham had recently been turned down for a promotion at work, and left feeling ill on February 12th after his supervisor explained why he’d been passed over. Cunningham drove off from work, and was never seen again. But his car, credit and debit cards, dog, keys, and cell phone have all been recovered, police said, making the disappearance even more eerie.
His family, along with the Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta, are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in his case.
- Atlanta Police Department
So far, police have found no evidence of foul play.
Cunningham’s family said the 35-year-old wouldn’t normally leave his dog, Mr. Bojangles, home alone like that.
“Tim never leaves Beau unattended,” Cunningham’s father, Terrell Cunningham, told NBC. “He just doesn’t do it.”
Cunningham has had an impressive career in public health to date, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named him one of 2017’s “40 under 40” just months ago. He holds a master’s and a doctor of science degree from Harvard’s school of public health.
At the CDC, Cunningham is a team leader and has researched health differences related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography. The agency said he’s been deployed to work on numerous public-health emergencies, including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika. The CDC called Cunningham “a highly respected member of our CDC family,” in a statement sent to ABC News.
Cunningham’s father told The New York Times that he’d been worried about his son recently because he didn’t seem like his usual self in conversation. His sister, Tiara Cunningham, the last person to speak with Cunningham before he disappeared, said she felt lost without her brother.
“I feel like I’m in a horrible ‘Black Mirror’ episode,” she told the Times.
Friends are worried, too, and find the disappearance troublingly out of character.
“He has this pristine service record and background,” Cunningham’s friend David Calloway told NBC. “He’s also the guy you can call to help you move furniture or get together with you at a restaurant at the end of a long day.”
Meanwhile, his mother just wants her son to come home.
“We love and miss you. We just want you back in our arms,” she said.