Timothy Cunningham

Atlanta police say that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worker has been missing for over a week.

Police issued a bulletin on Friday stating that Timothy Jerrell Cunningham, 35, was last seen on February 12. According to police he called in sick to the CDC that day and has not been seen or heard from since.

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News media has reported that his parents went to his Atlanta home and found his car, keys, his wallet and his phone there. He had also left behind his dog. The home was locked with two windows left open.

Timothy Jerrell Cunningham’s parents are especially concerned because they say he would never intentionally leave his dog alone like that.

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Terrell Cunningham, the man’s father, told the media that his son graduated from Morehouse and got his master’s degree as well as his doctorate from Harvard University. He was working as an epidemic intelligence officer at the time he vanished and has been deployed for public health emergencies in the past. Some of those emergencies included dealing with the Zika virus, Ebola as well as natural disasters.

“It’s not the type of news you want to hear,” Terrell Cunningham stated about his son’s disappearance. “Your child is missing. Thirty-five years old, but always your child.”

He added, “This is not normal. This is definitely out of the ordinary.”

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Cunningham comes from a tight-knit family and does not stay out of touch with them. His brother, Anterio Cunningham said, “Tim is the consummate professional, he loves his job. He wouldn’t just cast it aside. He’s worked hard to get where he is.”

Anyone with information concerning Timothy Jerrell Cunningham’s whereabouts has been asked to contact the Atlanta police department.