Missing RAF serviceman

Police are searching for an RAF serviceman who went missing after a night out in Suffolk. Corrie McKeague was last seen in Bury St Edmunds.

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Corrie McKeague landfill search will continue 'through to early-mid December'

Corrie McKeague has been missing since September 2016. Credit: Family photo.

The search of a landfill site by police looking for missing airman Corrie McKeague is set to be extended.

Suffolk Police resumed their trawl of the Milton site in Cambridgeshire on October 23, focusing on an area known as "cell 22".

It was due to last between four and six weeks but, at the end of the fifth week, police have confirmed it will continue for a few more weeks.

A spokesman said the search was "going well".

"It is recognised that whilst the designated search area remains the same, timescales are not set in stone and subject to many variables.

"It is currently anticipated that the search may progress through to early-mid December. We continue to engage with the family to keep them fully informed.”

– Suffolk Police spokesman.

Mr McKeague disappeared on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016. He was based at RAF Honington.

Police fear he may have climbed into a bin in the Horseshoe area of the town which was later collected and the waste taken to Milton.

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Corrie McKeague: No trace of airman four weeks into search

Progress by the search team is being reviewed on a week-by-week basis. Credit: Suffolk police/ITV News Anglia

The mother of missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague says there's still no trace of him at a landfill site in Cambridgeshire.

Corrie disappeared on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September last year.

The search for the 23-year-old restarted nearly one month ago in Milton.

Officers say they've still not found any rubbish from the time Corrie disappeared. A bulldozer has now been bought in to speed up the search.

On Facebook Nicola Urquhart said: "They are also now bringing in a bulldozer to move the searched rubbish, again I have been assured that this will have no negative impact on the quality of the searching but speed the process up."

"For this I am incredibly grateful as it is not easy waiting each day for a possible call. They have still not found any rubbish from the time Corrie disappeared it is still earlier dates up to the 18th of September."

Landfill search for Corrie McKeague to resume on Monday

Corrie McKeague was 23 when he disappeared. Credit: Family photo.

Police investigating the disappearance of Corrie McKeague are to resume their search of a landfill site on Monday, October 23.

A spokesman for Suffolk's Major Investigation Team said the extended search would last for four to six weeks.

It will concentrate on part of an area known as "cell 22", a 10,000 sq m cell of the landfill at Milton in Cambridgeshire which is next to the original site of the search.

The renewed search will cover 1,831 cubic metres.

"Careful re-checking of the data available to the Major Investigation Team has concluded the area of the original 20-week search is still the location where there was the highest likelihood of finding Corrie.

"However, the nature of waste disposal and its movement is not a precise science, hence the requirement to extend the search."

– Suffolk Police.

Mr McKeague, who served with the RAF at Honington, disappeared in September 2016 following a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

Police fear he may have climbed into a bin in the Horseshoe area of the town which was later collected and the waste taken to Milton.

Landfill search for Corrie McKeague to start again

A search of a landfill site for missing airman Corrie McKeague is to start again.

Police are to restart the search for missing airman Corrie McKeague at the Milton landfill site in Cambridgeshire.

Police say the decision to resume the search at the site for the missing airman has been taken after thorough consideration of all the issues involved.

They added that re-checking of the data available to the Major Investigation Team has concluded the area of the original 20-week search is still the location where there was the highest likelihood of finding Corrie.

The extended search, which is likely to take four to six weeks, will concentrate on an area next to the site of the earlier search. The indications are this is the next most likely area where Corrie could be.

Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said:

Throughout this rigorous investigation we have remained committed to following all reasonable lines of enquiry in our endeavours to discover what has happened to Corrie.

Confronted by the variances in the way waste can be deposited and through further investigation we cannot discount the possibility Corrie may be elsewhere in Cell 22. Therefore, we believe our decision to extend the search area is the correct one.

We have spoken to Corrie’s mum and dad to explain our decision, and share in detail the reasons behind it. We will, of course, continue to work together with Corrie’s family as the inquiry progresses.

– DCI Katie Elliott, Suffolk Police
The Milton landfill site at the centre of the search for Corrie McKeague

On-site preparatory work for the resumption of the search will start this week. The full-scale search is likely to begin once this has been completed.

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