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    #FindCorrie: Campaign For Private Investigator Raises Over £20k

    08 December 2016

    A crowdfunding campaign to hire a private investigator to search for a missing RAF serviceman has exceeded its £20,000 target in less than two days.

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    His mother, Nicola Urquhart, said on Tuesday that she had "no faith" the police would find him.

    She has voiced concerns over the resources of Suffolk Police.

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    Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Pepper said she had "absolute confidence" in her team and that similar resources were being put into the search as would be put into a murder investigation.


    Suffolk Police Update

    08 December 2016

    Police are releasing CCTV images of potential witnesses as work continues to trace missing Corrie McKeague.

    All of the images show individuals in Bury St Edmunds town centre between 3.15am and 5.20am who have not yet been traced. Police are releasing the images after carrying out work to try and identify all of those who were in the area around the crucial time that Corrie went missing, as part of ongoing enquiries to find out what happened to him.

    All of those pictured are potential witnesses who may have information that can assist and police are urging them to come forward. Officers are also asking anyone with information about who they are to get in touch.

    Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott is appealing for those pictured to come forward.

    “Officers have trawled through hundreds of hours of CCTV images and then carried out considerable work to identify everyone who was in the area around the time that Corrie disappeared. As you’ll see from the images, some are of better quality than others, but it is important that we identify everyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday 24 September, as someone could, unknowingly, hold a clue that can help us find Corrie. It should be stressed that these are just potential witnesses and it’s possible they may not be aware that they may be able to assist but we are trying to rule out possibilities and therefore we do need to speak to you.

    “It has been a painstaking process first to go through the footage – hundreds of hours worth - and then to identify those in the area. All the work we have done is being checked and re-checked and this remains a complex enquiry, which we continue to work on to progress so we can find Corrie and give his family the answers they need.”

    Anyone who can identify any of these individuals is asked to call the incident room on 01473 782019.

    With regards to the ongoing investigation Detective Superintendent Katie Elliot said;

    “Finding Corrie remains a priority for Suffolk Police. We are continuing to investigate his disappearance and our focus remains on locating him and discovering what happened.

    “Since he was reported missing thousands of hours of police time have been spent on carrying out hundreds of enquiries, including searches, comprehensive analysis of CCTV footage, and background work to see if any other factors may have been involved in his disappearance.

    “Suffolk Police have been supported by a range of other organisations and agencies – including the RAF and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue - to carry out this work and to review everything that has been done to try to ensure nothing has been missed. A number of experts external to Suffolk Constabulary have gone over the case and the work that has been done by Suffolk officers and specialists to ensure all possibilities are fully investigated.

    “This remains an ongoing process. The detailed work done around CCTV alone has seen repeated viewings to see if Corrie can be spotted in any further images, to see who was in the area at the time and to track everyone there through the town. Extensive work has then been done to identify all those individuals, to trace them and talk to them.

    “A large area in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas has been searched and a considerable amount of work has been carried out behind the scenes. This is a complex and comprehensive investigation, and police officers are carefully and closely examining all possibilities.

    “We want to find Corrie and we have committed time, resources and effort to do this. The resources needed are reviewed by a chief officer on a weekly basis who will draw in the necessary staff according to the needs of the investigation.

    “Our work will continue and we would like to thank all of those who have provided support and assistance to date.

    “We would ask anyone with information that may help this investigation to call the incident room on 01473 782019 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.”


    Flex nightclub doorman tells of last conversation with Corrie McKeague, just hours before he went missing in Bury St Edmunds

    14 December 2016

    One of the last people to speak with Corrie McKeague has told how the 23-year-old said nothing “out of ordinary” just a few hours before he suddenly vanished in Bury St Edmunds.

    Will Hook, 20, is a bouncer at Flex nightclub in St Andrew’s Street South who had to ask Corrie to leave at around 1.20am on Saturday, September 24, after he had too much to drink.

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    Mr Hook emphasised Corrie was not causing any trouble, but had simply been too drunk to stay.

    After Mr Hook tapped him on the shoulder, Corrie left without protest and they chatted outside briefly.

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    Corrie’s grandparents praise ‘quiet heroes’ police

    16 December 2016

    The grandparents of missing airman Corrie McKeague have called the police ‘quiet heroes’ in the search for their grandson.

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    What we’ve seen has been nothing short of incredible and we support their efforts 100 per cent. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes and we can’t thank them enough.”

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    Mary and Oliver maintain that Corrie’s disappearance may involve a third party, someone he may have gone away with.



    Corrie McKeague’s mother cannot fathom why Suffolk police will not search Bury St Edmunds buildings yards from Corrie’s last known location

    30 December 2016

    The police officer mother of missing serviceman Corrie McKeague has issued a public plea to Suffolk Constabulary to search an area just 20ft from where her son was last seen, as 14 weeks pass with no new evidence.

    Nicola Urquhart said thinking as a police officer, she can not fathom why buildings along Short Brackland, some of which are empty, are not being searched. She also claimed reports of an attempt to burn a car the day after Corrie’s disappearance have not been fully investigated.

    The police stressed all lines of inquiry were being explored and at this stage nothing is being ruled out. They said thorough searches of the area around Brentgovel Street, where Corrie, 23, a serviceman at RAF Honington, was last seen at 3.24am on September 24, have taken place.

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    A member of public called on November 4 and said the [alleged attempted car burning] incident could be linked, but police said checks were made and nothing was found.


    Family film shows missing airman Corrie McKeague singing 'happily' before he disappeared

    02 January 2017

    In the homemade film recorded in August, a chirpy Corrie can be seen sitting in the garden singing along to a song from the musical Wicked.

    His mother Nicola Urquhart said sharing the video of her son had been difficult, but she “wanted people to see his nature and personality."

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    She is now calling on detectives to trace three men who tried to set fire to a white car with a foreign number plates the day after he vanished.
    Ten miles away at lunchtime the following day, witnesses observed three men acting suspiciously by the vehicle in a remote layby at Blo’ Norton, a village near Diss, Norfolk.

    One witness told police of an odd shape in the front of the people carrier and she believes there was an attempt to insert a rag into the fuel tank.

    Mr McKeague was reported missing the next day.



    Help me find my missing son #FindCorrie



    06 January 2017

    Despite desperate attempts to find him, even crowdfunding to hire help with the investigation, there have been no sightings.

    Nicola joins us today, to tell us why she is convinced her son is still alive.



    Corrie’s uncle says family’s experts will help police not replace them

    09 January 2017

    Missing airman Corrie McKeague’s uncle has explained how the family bringing in private experts is to help the police investigation, not start their own.

    Speaking on a Facebook Live session on Saturday evening, Tony [W]ringe explained how Suffolk Police had finite resources and other cases, including murders, to investigate so they faced constraints.

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    A Just Giving appeal raised more than £52,000 and the family last week announced it had brought in McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) who have expertise in data collection, collation and analysis; imagery intelligence; human intelligence; signals intelligence; technical/communications intelligence and surveillance.

    Mr Wringe said MIS would be able to bring together the massive amount of data available, ranging from Facebook messages, through CCTV to Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue’s search mapping.



    VIDEO: Missing airman Corrie McKeague to become a father, girlfriend reveals

    09 January 2017

    RAF serviceman Corrie Mckeague - who has been missing for more than three months - is due to become a father, his girlfriend has said.

    Speaking to BBC Look East today (January 9), personal trainer April Oliver, 21, from West Norfolk, told how she had become pregnant after a relationship with the 23-year-old, who is from Fife, in Scotland, and stationed with the RAF regiment at RAF Honington in Suffolk

    In an interview with BBC Look East, Miss Oliver said she discovered she was pregnant in October - just weeks after Mr Mckeague’s disappearance after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

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    She is expecting their baby to be born in late spring/early summer.

    The pair had been together for about five months after meeting on a dating site. Miss Oliver had met his family.

    Mr Mckeague did not know about the pregnancy.



    Suffolk Police Update

    13 January 2017

    Police are renewing appeals to trace the small number of people seen on CCTV on the morning of Corrie McKeague’s disappearance who have not yet been identified.

    Officers combing through CCTV have located images of individuals, who are believed to potentially be the same people shown in the grainy images previously released, who are still to be identified.

    As before all of the images show individuals in Bury St Edmunds town centre between 3.15am and 5.20am, close to the time of the last confirmed sighting of Corrie at 3.25am on Saturday 24 September.

    Following previous appeals the vast majority of those in the area sought from CCTV have been identified, traced and spoken to by police officers, but there remain a small number who have not yet been identified.

    All of those pictured are potential witnesses who may have information that can assist and detectives are asking them or anyone who knows who they are to get in touch.

    Police are still finding people who have not be in touch even though they may have information that could help and are continuing to ask anyone who was there to come forward.

    Officers would also like to thank all those who have called in or viewed images at the pod in Bury and given names, and this information continues to be followed up.

    Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said; “Our extensive enquiries are ongoing with continuing CCTV analysis, searches and background work looking into all aspects of Corrie’s life.

    “As part of our ongoing work to find him, the police team have trawled through over 1,000 hours of CCTV footage to search for any images of Corrie but also to identify all of those who were in the vicinity around the time of the last confirmed sighting to see if there’s anything they may be able to tell us that may help. It remains important that we identify everyone who was in the area of the ‘horseshoe’ in the early hours of Saturday 24 September, as someone could, unknowingly, hold a clue that can help us find Corrie.

    “It should be stressed that these are just potential witnesses and it’s possible they may not be aware that they may be able to assist. We need to identify all those on the released images as we are trying to rule out all possibilities and therefore we do need to speak to you.”

    Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 01473 782019. Alternatively you can use the non-emergency police number 101.



    Suffolk Police Update

    17 January 2017

    Three people have been identified and work continues to trace two others after CCTV images were released on the Corrie McKeague enquiry last week.

    Police are renewing appeals to trace the small number of people seen on CCTV on the morning of Corrie McKeague’s disappearance who have not yet been identified. Following the new appeal on Friday several people got in touch with police, leading to the positive identification of the woman in image 16, the man in image 4 and the man in image 1 and information being provided that may help police identify the other two individuals that images were issued of.

    All of the images were of individuals in Bury St Edmunds town centre between 3.15am and 5.20am, close to the time of the last confirmed sighting of Corrie at 3.25am on Saturday 24 September.

    Following previous appeals the vast majority of those in the area sought from CCTV have been identified, traced and spoken to by police officers, but there remain a small number who have not yet been identified.

    All of those featured in the CCTV images issued on Friday were potential witnesses who could have information that can assist.

    Officers would like to thank all those who have called in or viewed images at the pod in Bury and given names, and this information continues to be followed up.

    Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said; "Our extensive enquiries are ongoing with continuing CCTV analysis, searches and background work looking into all aspects of Corrie’s life.

    "As part of our ongoing work to find him, the police team have trawled through over 1,000 hours of CCTV footage to search for any images of Corrie but also to identify all of those who were in the vicinity around the time of the last confirmed sighting to see if there’s anything they may be able to tell us that may help. It remains important that we identify everyone who was in the area of the ‘horseshoe’ in the early hours of Saturday 24 September, as someone could, unknowingly, hold a clue that can help us find Corrie.

    "It should be stressed that these are just potential witnesses and it’s possible they may not be aware that they may be able to assist. We need to identify all those on the released images as we are trying to rule out all possibilities and therefore we do need to speak to you.”

    Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 01473 782019. Alternatively you can use the non-emergency police number 101.

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    Corrie Mckeague: Swingers website membership investigated

    18 January 2017

    The 23-year-old RAF gunner vanished after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 24 September.

    His mother Nicola Urquhart said he had a Fab Swingers account.

    A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "We are aware of the social media and websites Corrie was using. This is part of our investigation."



    Missing Corrie McKeague's last text message was to girlfriend, says brother

    20 January 2017

    The last text message sent from missing airman Corrie McKeague's phone was to his girlfriend, say his brothers.

    Darroch and Makeyan McKeague, Corrie's brothers, said their brother's girlfriend, April Oliver, received a message from Corrie at 3.08am.

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    But the brothers clarified that it does not mean Corrie sent the message at 3.08am, as there is "CCTV footage of Corrie at that time and he is not on his phone".

    Darroch said: "April received the message at 3:08 our time, but it does not mean Corrie sent it at 3:08, it could have been at 1 o'clock , 2 o'clock.

    "There is CCTV footage of Corrie at that time [3:08] and he is not on his phone."

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    Was Corrie McKeague hit by a vehicle and his body disposed of?

    23 January 2017

    Around 100 people joined a search for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague yesterday (Sunday, January 22), but failed to find any trace of him.

    His mother, Nicola Urquhart, organised the public search off the A11 at Barton Mills, near Newmarket, with Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SULSAR).

    The head of the organisation, which specialises in searching for missing people, has told the News they are now working on the theory that Corrie could have been hit by a vehicle and his body disposed of.

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    Five cadaver dogs, a drone team and 14 specialist 4x4s took part in the search, which was paid for through crowdfunding.

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    Andy King, chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, who headed up the team, said: “We’re now looking at areas that if something had happened to Corrie and there was foul play and you had to get rid of him, put him in the back of a car, these are areas where you could discreetly park up and dispose of a body reasonably easily.

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    “We’re working on the theory that he’s been hit by a vehicle and somebody has panicked and rather than taking him to hospital somebody has disposed of the body.”



    Suffolk police answer key questions around Corrie McKeague disappearance in Bury St Edmunds

    26 January 2017

    Hundreds of questions have been asked of police and here, in part one of a two-part Q&A, Suffolk Constabulary answers some key questions people have asked about the enquiry.



    Suffolk police answer key questions around Corrie McKeague disappearance in Bury St Edmunds (Part 2)

    26 January 2017

    Following on from yesterday’s Q&A with Suffolk Constabulary about the Corrie McKeague investigation, here are further questions the force has answered, including some posed by Corrie’s mother Nicola Urquhart.
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    FOI reveals missing Corrie McKeague probe has cost police £300,000 so far

    27 January 2017

    Police services have spent more than £300,000 in the search to find missing Corrie McKeague.

    According to figures released under a Freedom of Information request, Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies have spent a total of £300,000 to help find the missing 23-year-old.

    This is one of the most expensive investigations for a missing person by the police forces, a spokeswoman confirmed.

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    MOD will do anything it can to help find missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague, minister says

    30 January 2017

    Defence minister Mike Penning has vowed that the Ministry of Defence will do "everything [it] possibly can" in the search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague.

    The minister said everyone in his department wanted the 23-year-old, who went missing after a night out on September 24, to "come home safely".

    Responding to a question in the House of Commons by Labour MP and former paratrooper Dan Jarvis, Penning said: "This is an ongoing police inquiry, but I think the whole House will want to pledge their thoughts to Corrie's family and his loved ones, and his servicemen alongside him from the RAF regiment, which I had the honour of meeting at RAF Honington just after he went missing.

    "I have on a daily basis made sure that every available military kit, personnel and surveillance equipment is available should the police request it.

    "They have requested it on several occasions."

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    Suffolk Police Update

    2 February 2017

    Police are renewing appeals to trace three people captured on CCTV around the time of the last confirmed sighting of missing Corrie McKeague.

    Following previous appeals, police still need to trace two individuals shown on CCTV – a cyclist and an older gentleman – as potential witnesses. A name had been given for the older gentleman but the named individual has been traced and was found not to be the man pictured. Work continues to positively identify the cyclist too, and police are renewing appeals for either of these men to come forward or anyone who can help to get in touch.

    Police are now releasing a further image of a person who also needs to be identified.

    On December 8 police released some CCTV images of figures seen in the vicinity of the ‘horseshoe’ between 3.15am and 5.20am on Saturday 24 September. Police have been trying to find better images of these individuals, leading to the release of the further images on January 13. Now a better image of one person, believed to feature in the images released on December 8, as being in the area around 5.15 – 5.20am, has been obtained and this is also being released to see if the person can be identified.

    These are the last of the individuals seen on foot in the area between these times that have yet to be traced.

    All of those featured in the CCTV images issued are potential witnesses who could have information that might assist and detectives are asking them or anyone who knows who they are to get in touch.

    Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said that work to locate Corrie continues to be a priority.

    “This case has been managed in the same way as any other major investigation undertaken by the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigations Team. This means that all information is managed on the computer system used to assist major investigations, that those people involved in the investigation have the correct level of training and the investigation has been overseen and resourced in accordance with national guidance on major investigations.

    “We have had to work through the information provided in a logical way and follow systematic processes to ensure everything is looked at in detail. This has involved re-visiting and going over much of the work we have carried out too.

    “Our aim from the outset has been to find Corrie. To that end we have searched extensively the places where he was likely to be found. Some locations have been searched more than once using specially trained officers, dogs and technical equipment, and this is normal practice in searches of this kind. The initial most likely scenario was that Corrie had tried somehow to get home from Bury St Edmunds and had come to harm and to that end searches focussed on the areas where he may have been had he tried to get back to RAF Honington.

    “Later in the investigation more detailed searches have been carried out and some places have been re-visited. Our search strategy has been reviewed by peers, by another force and advice has been sought from the police national search advisor. As in any major investigation the search strategy remains under review as the case progresses and different scenarios become more or less likely or new information becomes available.

    “We have also prioritised the viewing of CCTV for the places where Corrie was most likely to be seen and then worked out from there. A systematic approach gives assurance that he has not been missed on CCTV as some of the images are not clear and need to be viewed multiple times and by trained operatives to gain this level of assurance. We have tested the CCTV to see whether there is any way that he could have left the horseshoe area without being seen. We have identified nearly all of the people who were in the horseshoe area either shortly before or after Corrie went in there. As other locations have come into the investigation we have reviewed CCTV from these places to see if it assists the case.

    “Over £300,000 has so far been spent on the investigation and we are putting every effort into finding Corrie. We have drawn on local and national experts and have been open to review by other forces and have continued to resource the search to find Corrie. The activities we have undertaken to date have been based on information and facts and not on assumptions.

    “Although at this stage we have not received any information from the company employed by Nicola Urquhart, as soon as we receive any information that the company chooses to pass to the police this will be considered as part of the ongoing enquiry. Any details coming into the investigation will be checked across the information held, and we continue to work in partnership with a number of agencies including the RAF on the continuing enquiry.

    “What is crucially important is that the public provide any information they have about Corrie’s disappearance directly to the police in order that it can be properly recorded and investigated. The police don’t want to miss that vital piece of information that may help them to find Corrie.”

    Any information relating to Corrie’s disappearance or about the potential witnesses should be passed to the incident room on 01473 782019. Alternatively you can call 101 and ask to speak to the team.

    The CCTV images below;


    CCTV image 8 (Please note that it is just the cyclist that needs to be identified):
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    Bury St Edmunds shoppers shown CCTV images via ‘Corrie’s lorry’ as missing airman search continues

    5 February 2017



    Images of the people police still need to identify were mounted on a lorry by Big Events Screens – the vehicle has been dubbed “Corrie’s lorry” by his family.

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    It is hoped mounting the images in such a way will jog someone’s memory and help more information be brought forward about Corrie’s whereabouts.

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    His family’s efforts come as Suffolk police renew their appeals to trace three people captured on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds around the time Corrie disappeared.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-38932290

    Detectives looking for missing airman Corrie Mckeague are to search a landfill site.
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    Police will begin the search of more than 920 square metres of waste on 22 February.
    It is expected to take a team of specialist officers up to 10 weeks to complete.
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    Suffolk Police Update

    10 February 2017

    Police will be carrying out a search at a landfill site in Milton in Cambridgeshire as part of ongoing enquiries to try to discover what has happened to missing Corrie McKeague.

    Since the start of the investigation police have been working through all possibilities in an ongoing bid to discover where Corrie is. The work has been prioritised with the most likely scenarios being examined in detail and other possibilities also being explored.

    One of these lines of enquiry has been in respect of waste collections from the area, known as the horseshoe, around the time of the last sighting of Corrie.

    It was known, and CCTV shows, that a waste lorry made a collection in the area a short time after the last confirmed sighting of Corrie and the lorry was seized in the early stages of the enquiry for forensic examination. This did not reveal any traces of him, however the waste collection has been one line of enquiry police have persisted with and kept under constant review.

    Throughout the investigation a search of the site has been a consideration as police have worked through the possible options as to what may have happened to Corrie, with officers looking at the feasibility and logistics of carrying out this search.

    The area of the landfill site where waste collected from Bury St Edmunds that morning was deposited has not had further items put onto it since police alerted the site, early in the investigation, to the possibility that this may need to be searched.

    The search will be a considerable task. The area identified is more than 920 square metres of waste down to a maximum depth of eight metres and it is estimated that it is likely take a team of specialist search trained police officers six to ten weeks to complete the work required. The safety and welfare of the officers who will undertake the search and the noise and odour implications for local residents have all been factors that police have to take into consideration.

    On-site preparatory work is already underway and the full scale search likely to commence around Wednesday 22 February once this initial work has been completed. The preparation will include building access ways to the area to be searched, carrying out scoping work, and putting appropriate facilities on the site to allow this search to be carried out in a thorough and comprehensive way.

    Detectives investigating the case have kept an open mind from the start as to what may have occurred to Corrie and have been working to confirm why and how he went missing.

    This has involved a systematic examination of the possible options including using CCTV, phone and social media analysis, searches, media appeals, talking to those who had contact with Corrie, investigating his background and social life and tracing those who were out in Bury St Edmunds at the time of the last sighting – 3.25am on Saturday 24 September.

    Corrie was reported as missing to Suffolk Police at around 3.40pm on Monday 26 September by RAF Honington, having not reported for duty. At that stage the last time he had been seen was 2am on Saturday 24. Work immediately began to try and find him. Police formally publicised him as missing in the early hours of Tuesday 27 September, after basic checks had been carried out.

    Since then thousands of hours of police time have been spent on carrying out hundreds of enquiries to try and find him. The work carried out by Suffolk Police has been reviewed by other constabularies and a variety of other organisations have helped in the searches and investigation, including the RAF and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

    Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said; “This is the next logical step in the investigation. Behind the scenes we have been working systematically through the options and we have examined a very broad range of evidence. This has involved an extensive examination of CCTV, phone and social media analysis, searches, media appeals, talking to those who had contact with Corrie, investigating his background and social life and tracing those who were out in Bury St Edmunds at the time of the last sighting – 3.25am on Saturday 24 September.

    “Preparation work is already underway for the search and this will be progressed as quickly as possible. There are some measures that we need to put in place before the full search work starts as, in addition to the pressing need to find Corrie, we also have to consider local residents, site workers and the officers who will be carrying out the job of going through the waste.

    “We know that physically searching the site has the potential to cause an increase in odour and we hope residents will understand that we and the site owners have taken this into consideration when making a decision to go ahead with the search. However we also hope they will understand why we are doing this as part of our continuing investigation to find Corrie.

    “We need to find him and discover what happened to him. While the search may not provide the answers as to what happened it is something we need to do as our investigation continues.”

    Police are liaising with Corrie’s family to keep them informed about what is planned, and will also be working to let residents in the area know why the work is being carried out.

    Anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to call the incident room at Suffolk Police on 01473 782019.

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    Mother of missing Corrie McKeague 'terrified' of imminent landfill search

    11 February 2017

    Video report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

    The mother of the missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she's wanted the police to search a landfill site in Cambridgeshire since the beginning of the investigation.

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    In the coming weeks the police will search a landfill site in Milton in Cambridgeshire.

    It comes after a waste lorry was spotted on CCTV in the Horseshoe area of Bury at the time Corrie was last seen.

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    Missing Corrie McKeague's dad says landfill news was "hard for family"

    14 February 2017

    Searching through a landfill for missing airman Corrie McKeague is "hard on all the family" his dad said.

    Martin McKeague, the 23-year-old's father, says the plan to search for Corrie's body in a "26 foot deep 900 metre wide rubbish site" took the family "completely aback".

    Martin McKeague, Corrie’s dad, said on Facebook: “[The news] was hard for all of the McKeague family in Scotland. Make no mistake, this part is no longer just about looking for Corrie’s phone, or witnesses or CCTV footage. This is about searching for his body in a 26 foot deep 900 metre wide rubbish site because they believe my boy is in there somewhere.

    “And when we sat yesterday morning with the police and heard them actually tell us face-to-face, we were completely taken aback; despite knowing through all these months that one day we might wake up to that reality.

    "It's not the kind of statement you ever want to hear as a parent, not what you dream about for your kids when they're young, support them as they get older, or gather at their RAF 'passing out' ceremony with tears in your eyes as you watch your middle son achieve a dream.

    "So now we wait. And it’s a grueling, agonising, gut-wrenching kind of waiting. And now we’re going to ask all of you to wait here with us to see what happens next."

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    Suffolk Police Update

    17 February 2017

    A further potential witness has been traced as the investigation into the disappearance of Corrie McKeague continues.

    Police have identified the cyclist shown in recently released CCTV images – but are renewing appeals for any information to locate the two remaining individuals seen on foot in the area where Corrie was last seen who have not yet been positively identified – an older gentleman and a person seen walking through the Brentgovel Street/ ‘horseshoe’ area of Bury St Edmunds around 5.15am – 5.20am on Saturday 24 September.

    Both are potential witnesses who could have information that may assist and detectives continue to ask them or anyone who knows who they are to get in touch.

    Officers have also been in touch with Corrie’s family today to update them with regards to progress on preparatory work ahead of the landfill site search.

    The site itself, at Milton in Cambridgeshire, has to be made safe and accessible before the search work can get underway. This preparatory work has started but this is going to take slightly longer as 8,000 tonnes of bulk material will have to be removed first to allow safe access to where the search needs to take place.

    Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said that work to locate Corrie was continuing both in preparation for the site search and in the enquiries being made.

    “The work to trace Corrie remains a priority and we are continuing to progress our investigation as the work around the site search is being planned. It was initially hoped that the search could start next week, but the logistics of building access routes and ensuring the area is safely accessible for those who will be carrying out the work mean further preparatory activity will need to be done first.

    “This is a considerable task and we need to ensure everything is in place before officers begin the process of going through the waste in the landfill. We have been liaising with Corrie’s family around the timescales involved and, while we can’t confirm a start date, this preliminary work will be completed as quickly as possible, so the full scale search can take place.

    “Our aim from the start was to find Corrie and we have been carefully going through all lines of enquiry in detail, checking and re-checking information that has been passed to us to discover what happened. We continue to receive assistance from a range of partner agencies, including the RAF, and we are very grateful for their continuing assistance.”

    Police have also been reviewing data that has now been provided by a private company employed by Nicola Urquhart to see if this can provide any further information to assist the investigation.

    Any information relating to Corrie’s disappearance or about the potential witnesses should be passed to the incident room on 01473 782019. Alternatively you can call 101 and ask to speak to the team.

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    Missing airman Corrie Mckeague 'may be found at landfill'

    17 February 2017

    The mother of a missing RAF serviceman Corrie Mckeague says she believes his body may be found when a massive landfill site is searched.

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    Mrs Urquhart told the BBC: "Commonsense suggests that the most likely place Corrie ended up is the landfill site or the incinerator."

    Suffolk Police said the preparatory work at the landfill site at Milton, Cambridgeshire, was going to take longer than previously expected.

    Some 8,000 tonnes of bulk material need to be removed to allow safe access to where the search needs to take place.

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