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'If anyone knows anything, please get in touch': Mother's heartfelt plea for information on missing RAF serviceman

The mother of an RAF serviceman who has been missing for nine days has issued a heartfelt plea for anyone with information to come forward.

Corrie McKeague, 23, was last seen on CCTV walking alone and eating fast food in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in the early hours of September 24 after a night out with friends.

His mother Nicola Urquhart told a press conference: "My son has disappeared. If anyone knows anything, please do get in touch.

"We would like him to come home, we would like him to come home soon so please get in touch."

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The serviceman's mother said they were "an incredibly close family" and that the disappearance was "not Corrie", adding: "He would not do this out of choice."

One of Mr McKeague's brothers revealed he had spoken to him just hours before he disappeared.

He said their phone conversation indicated "nothing out of the ordinary" and it "could not have been a happier".

It is thought that Mr McKeague, a gunner in Number Two Squadron, may have tried to walk the nine miles home to RAF Honington from Bury St Edmunds after his night out.

Corrie McKeague Credit: PA

Ms Urquhart had previously said that she feared her son had been kidnapped.

She told The Sunday Times: "It's looking more and more suspicious as time goes on that they're not actually finding him. It (kidnapping) is something that they're thinking of."

However, Acting Superintendent Kim Warner said it appeared Mr McKeague had "quite simply disappeared".

He said the investigation remained a "missing person inquiry" but Suffolk Police would "rule nothing out".

"This is a missing person inquiry, not an abduction inquiry.

"There is nothing to suggest at this stage that a third party is involved, nothing to suggest there is an abduction involved in this inquiry."

Acting Superintendent Kim Warner. Credit: ITV News

Earlier on Monday police searching for the missing airman seized a bin lorry, believing it may contain his discarded mobile phone.

While Mr McKeague was last seen at 3.24am in Bury St Edmunds, his phone was pinpointed in Barton Mills at 8am - around 10 miles away - on the Saturday morning.

In a statement, police said they were "exploring the possibility that the phone may have been lost or discarded as the timings of the movement has been found to coincide with that of a bin lorry".

The lorry's load was weighed at under 15kg (33lbs), leading police to believe that Mr Mckeague was not with the phone.

Mr McKeague is described as white, 5ft 10ins, of medium build, with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt, white trousersm and brown suede Timberland boots.

Searches for the missing airman continue.

Bury St Edmunds is about 30 miles from RAF Marham, where two men of middle eastern appearance tried to kidnap an RAF serviceman who was out running near the base in July.