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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.

Petition to re-start Corrie search tops 25,000

More than 25,000 people are calling on Suffolk Police to restart the landfill search. Credit: Family photo.

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."

– Naomi M.

"You cannot just simply stop, after saying you believe Corrie is there...the family need answers."

– Debbie H.

"Why start a search then not finish? They say he is in there so find him and give his family some sort of closure."

– Hayley C.

'My little Ellie brings so much joy even at the hardest of times'

Corrie McKeague's daughter Ellie-Louise. Credit: Facebook / April Oliver

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.


Corrie's Mum says claims over airman's private life could damage investigation

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.

Missing airman Corrie McKeague Credit: Suffolk Police
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