What Happened to the Missing CDC Scientist?

Missing man allegedly told neighbor to delete his phone number a day before disappearance
A rising official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention left work early on February 12 feeling sick—and no one has heard from him since.
A nationwide search is still underway for Timothy Cunningham, a researcher and health expert for the agency. He was reported missing on February 14, and there is a reward of over $20,000 for anyone with information about his case.
Authorities dismiss reports as a “conspiracy theory that he may have been a “whistle blower who exposed that flu vaccines caused the flu epidemic.
Here is what we know so far:
•Cunningham is a 35-year-old, Harvard University-educated epidemiologist—meaning he investigates patterns and causes of human disease and injury. He holds a master’s degree and a doctor of science degree from the university’s school of public health, and is a Morehouse College alumnus.
•He lives in Atlanta’s Bolton neighborhood. He’s about 6 feet tall and weighs about 230 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
•Cunningham’s online CDC bio lists him as a team lead of the State Chronic Disease Epidemiology Assignee Program in the agency’s Division of Population Health. He’s been working at the CDC’s Chamblee campus in Atlanta.
•Cunningham has conducted research on health differences related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and geography. He’s been deployed for numerous public-health emergencies, such as Superstorm Sandy, Ebola and Zika.
•The agency described him in a statement as “a highly respected member of our CDC family.”
•Cunningham in July was also promoted to commander in the United States Public Health Service, family members told The New York Times.
•Cunningham’s friends and family describe him as “opinionated, positive and happy — and they noted his reliability,” NBC News reported.
•Cunningham’s sister, Tiara, told The Times her brother sounded “not like himself” the day he left work early. His father also recalled “some exchanges via phone as well as text that alerted me to be concerned about our son,” NBC News reported.
•Tiara last spoke to Cunningham at about 7 a.m. that day. They were close and spoke to each other on a near daily basis, according to reports. They’d ended that morning’s conversation with, “Love you. I’ll talk to you later,” she told The Times.
•After Cunningham didn’t respond to texts or calls, his parents asked extended family members to check on his home. Those members observed that it seemed empty—the house and the garage were locked, and there were two open windows.
•Cunningham’s parents, concerned, drove overnight from their Maryland home to Atlanta and arrived on February 14. They entered using a spare key and found his phone and wallet, various forms of identification—including driver’s license and passport—as well as his SUV in the garage. His dog, Mr. Bojangles, was there unattended, which his family said would never happen.
•”My first mind is that something has happened especially considering the length of time he’s been gone. Not having his phone, leaving his dog Bo alone, he just wouldn’t voluntarily check out like that,” his brother, Anterio Cunningham, told Fox5.
•“I feel like I’m in a horrible Black Mirror episode,” Tiara told The Times, alluding to a TV series that’s drawn comparisons to the Twilight Zone.
•Cunningham was officially reported missing on February 14, according to a social media post from the city’s police department.
Police are continuing to search for Cunningham and have enlisted the help of friends, family and the Morehouse alumni network, which has utilized social media to spread the word nationwide.

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