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A year on: Suffolk Police say Corrie investigation has been "thorough" and "meticulous"

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A year after Corrie McKeague went missing, Suffolk Police have told ITV News Anglia that their investigation has been "thorough" and "meticulous."

Despite no sign of the RAF gunner, Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott says she hopes Corrie's mother Nicola Urquhart "does not feel let down by the investigation " and was confident in the way it had been handled.

It comes as Nicola appealed for the public to join her saying "now is not the time to give up" on the search for her son.

Corrie's family will retrace his last known movements Credit: Suffolk Police

She said her family would visit the first bar Corrie went on a night-out near his barracks in Bury St Edmunds on September 24 last year and retrace his last known footsteps.

The extensive search produced no evidence of Corrie Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives fear Corrie was crushed in a bin lorry and taken to a rubbish tip after falling asleep in an industrial bin following a night out.

His family reacted with fury after police announced a tortuous 20-week search for his remains at the tip in Milton in Cambridgeshire costing more than £1.2m ended in July.

An aerial view of the landfill site in Milton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

CCTV shows his last movements disappearing into a dark alley in the 'horseshoe' shopping area before his mobile phone signal matched the a bin lorry's route to the site.

But cops had sifted through more than 6,500 tonnes of waste but found "no trace" of Corrie.

Corrie McKeague's daughter Ellie-Louise. Credit: Facebook / April Oliver
Corrie's girlfriend April and their daughter Credit: Facebook / April Oliver

Meanwhile his girlfriend April Oliver, 21, announced she had given birth to his baby girl Ellie-Louise Oliver, in June.

An independent review is due to be carried out over the next steps of the police investigation.

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