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.”
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.
An online petition calling on Suffolk Police to re-start their search of a landfill site to find the body of Corrie McKeague now has more than 25,000 signatures.
Supporters of the family set up the webpage after the force announced on Friday it had found no sign of the missing RAF airmen and officers had ended their finger-tip search at Milton in Cambridgeshire.
In just three days it has already attracted more than 25,000 signatories.
Among the reasons given for signing were:
"They have to keep looking to give this poor family peace of mind."
"You cannot just simply stop, after saying you believe Corrie is there...the family need answers."
"Why start a search then not finish? They say he is in there so find him and give his family some sort of closure."
Days after police called off the search of a landfill site, the mother of Corrie McKeague's child has shared a new photograph of the baby girl she says "brings so much joy and happiness even at the hardest of times".
The smiling face of little Ellie-Louise was posted by April Oliver on her Facebook page.
It comes just a few days after Suffolk Police announced they had halted the search of the landfill site at Milton, Cambridgeshire, where they believe the missing RAF airman's body is.
Last night (Monday), officers assured Mr McKeague's parents they would not allow the site to be filled in yet.
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Following another search for missing Suffolk airman Corrie McKeague his Mum has hit out at newspaper coverage of his private life.
Corrie went missing from Bury St Edmunds in September and yesterday rescue teams combed woodland near Thetford.
Nicola Urquart claims publicity over his use of dating apps and internet sites could jeopardise any chance of finding him.
A huge search team including dogs and a drone are continuing the hunt for missing airman Corrie McKeague.
The 23-year-old, who is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.
It is thought he may have attempted to walk back to his barracks 10 miles away and extensive searches have been carried out along the route.
Today's search will focus on an area close to the Fiveways junction of the A11 near Mildenhall.
Mr McKeague's family, including his mother Nicola Urquhart, are among those searching along with 40 members of the public.
They will join the 60-strong search team from Suffolk Lowland Rescue Service as well as four search dogs trained to seek out human remains.
The girlfriend of missing airman Corrie McKeague has been speaking about her pregnancy and her sadness that Corrie still hasn't been found.
Click below to see a report from Kate Prout