An Atlanta-area epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went home from work sick almost two weeks ago, but family and friends haven't seen 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham since.
Cunningham's family has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta and announced Saturday that they would be offering a $10,000 reward for information about the case, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Cunningham disappeared February 12, but left behind important belongings including his SUV, cell phone, wallet, and even his dog.
"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, said last week.
Cunningham held close relationships with his family members and last spoke with his sister on the morning he went missing.
"We just hope he will just come home safely. None of this makes sense. He wouldn't just evaporate like this and leave his dog alone and have our mother wondering and worrying like this. He wouldn't," his brother said, adding that Cunningham was "the consummate professional" who loved his job and worked hard for his achievements.
The accomplished CDC employee, who has responded to both the Zika virus and Ebola virus outbreaks, complained to supervisors on February 12 that he wasn't feeling well and went home from work early. Cunningham's father, Terrell Cunningham, told NBC News that his son had extensive contact with his family the Sunday before he went missing and was concerned about his son following several exchanges via text message and over the phone.
Police, family, and friends have distributed flyers and searched the local area for Cunningham. David Calloway, a close friend, is helping lead search efforts.
"Tim, if you see any of this information please know that you can come back home," his mother, Tia-Juana Cunningham said, addressing her son. "We love and miss you. We just want you back in our arms."
Any person with information about this case is advised to contact the Atlanta Police Department at 404-546-4235 or call 911.
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