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    His wallet was found in his house. His mobile phone was also there, with calls coming in but not going out. Even his pooch was home waiting for him to turn up. But he never did.

    Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, have announced a $10,000 reward for Timothy J. Cunningham, aged 35, who was not long ago promoted to commander at the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US media write.

    The last time Cunningham, a Harvard graduate, showed up for work was February 12. He had previously been deployed for health emergencies such as outbreaks of Ebola or Zika virus. He reportedly left around midday on the 12th, saying he wasn't feeling well. That was perhaps the last time anybody saw him at all.

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     "He sounded not like himself," recollected Cunningham’s younger sister, who had talked to him over the phone before he went missing.

    They ended the conversation the way they always do: "Love you. I’ll talk to you later."

    When she texted her brother later, she didn’t get a response. Neither did her mother, who tried to contact him that afternoon.

    "That was really weird," Cunningham's sister said, adding that she was"devastated" by her brother’s disappearance.

    Cunningham's mother and sister live in a different state. When they failed to contact their son and brother, they asked relatives to visit Cunningham's house. Relatives found the house and the garage locked, with two windows standing open.

    The police are investigating the disappearance.

    "As of today we have been unable to locate Mr. Cunningham and we are seeking the assistance of the public with this case," Officer Donald T. Hannah of the Atlanta Police Department commented on Saturday, adding there was no evidence of foul play.


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