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.
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.
Suffolk Police said Corrie's disappearance will now be treated as a cold case as police say there are no "realistic lines of enquiry left".
Suffolk Police said Corrie's disappearance will now be treated as a cold case as there are no "realistic lines of enquiry left to pursue".
Suffolk Police are passing the investigation into the missing airman Corrie McKeague onto a cold case team.