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Corrie McKeague's girlfriend announces she's pregnant with his child

Missing RAF serviceman Corrie Mckeague - who disappeared more than three months ago - is due to become a father, his girlfriend has said.

Speaking to BBC Look East today (January 9), personal trainer April Oliver, 21, from West Norfolk, told how she had become pregnant after a relationship with the 23-year-old, who is stationed with the RAF regiment at RAF Honington in Suffolk.

Miss Oliver said she discovered she was pregnant in October - just weeks after Mr Mckeague's disappearance after a night out in Bury St Edmunds.

She saw him shortly before his disappearance and was on holiday in America when Mr Mckeague went missing but returned to the UK as soon as she heard the news.

Miss Oliver said:

April Oliver with Corrie Mckeague. She's announced she is pregnant with the missing airman's baby Credit: April Oliver

"I've had to make a make a massive decision by myself. I was hoping and praying that he'd come back so we could make it together.

I have the support of my family and friends around me which is great but it's still not the most pleasant thing to go through on your own especially when the person you love is missing.

When I found out, although it was a horrible time and something I wished I could experience with him, it was also something I was excited about.

Given the stress that I've been under, the pregnancy has gone really well. I'm just doing anything I can not to add to the pressure I'm already under.

– April Oliver
Missing airman Corrie Mckeague who's girlfriend says she's expecting his baby

The pair had been together for about five months after meeting on a dating site.

Mr McKeague did not know about the pregnancy.

She said she had decided to speak about her pregnancy so that she could focus on looking after herself and her baby without any intrusion.

"Most people only tell their close friends but I'm faced with a decision where I need to tell near enough the whole UK.

– April Oliver

Mr McKeague's mother, Nicola Urquhart, said she had to balance the joy of becoming a grandmother for the first time with the continued uncertainty about her son's whereabouts.

Corrie McKeague's mum Nicola Urquhart and April Oliver who is expecting his baby Credit: April Oliver/BBC
The scan of the baby April Oliver is expecting Credit: April Oliver

"It's something that somebody would normally want to keep quiet to make sure everything's ok but it's getting to the stage now where there are far too many people starting to notice and ask questions.

That's why we felt now is the time that we do have to let people know so that we can draw a line under it so April can enjoy her pregnancy safely without any additional stress.

I was at the scan with April and I don't think anybody could see that and not be affected by it. But it's incredibly difficult to bounce my head from the excitement of a new baby to what we're actually trying to focus on which is finding Corrie.

– Nicola Urquhart

Mr McKeague went missing in the early hours of September 24 after a night out with friends.

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