Police in Suffolk say they won't allow the landfill site to be filled in, where they've been searching for the body of Corrie McKeague.
Corrie disappeared following a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds in September last year.
After spending months searching a landfill site in Milton in Cambridgeshire for him, police terminated the search last Friday, without finding any evidence.
But now, Suffolk police say the site will be left in its current state until an independent review is completed by an external force. The force say they will continue to pursue any positive lines of enquiry.
We will now take time to pause and reflect where we are with the investigation and will continue to carefully review it as we have done from the outset. With this in mind while we no longer have an operational presence at the site at Milton, the police have agreed with the company that run the site to leave cell 22 in its current state and will not be using it for the deposition of waste until the review is concluded.
As said on Friday, we will now commission an external police force to carry out an independent review of the investigation. The identity of the force that will conduct this is still to be established as we are eager to ensure that it is a force that satisfies the need for complete transparency and independence. We are confident this will be a forensic, detailed and impartial review that will leave no stone unturned. If this review establishes further lines of enquiry we will pursue them.
The mother and father of Corrie McKeague have both called on police to continue their search of the Milton landfill site where they believe their son will be found.
Both parents are meeting separately with Suffolk officers this evening to try to convince them to reverse a decision to call off the search.
Nicola Urquhart and Martin McKeague have praised the pain-staking work carried out by police in Cambridgeshire.
But they fear it will all be in vain if they give up now.
Watch Tanya Mercer's report for more.
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Today marks 10 months since airman Corrie McKeague disappeared in Bury St Edmunds.
The 23-year-old RAF gunner was last seen in September on a night out with friends.
On Friday, police abandoned their search for him at a landfill site in Milton in Cambridgeshire after spending months searching the site without finding any evidence of him at all.
His mother says she still hasn't given up hope he will be found.
Honestly, I'm going to do my absolute upmost to try and get the police to do just that little bit more.
We have money from the 'Find Corrie' fund. If it's down to money, I'll find a way of paying the police to continue.
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