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Mother of missing Corrie McKeague fears bin lorry evidence 'can only mean one thing'

By Gemma Gardner

Corrie McKeague
Corrie McKeague

The mother of missing airman Corrie McKeague has spoken of her devastation at learning that the bin removed from where he was last seen was heavy enough to have held him.

Suffolk Constabulary has confirmed that the bin removed from the ‘horseshoe’ area where Corrie was last seen on September 24 contained more than 100kg instead of the 11kg originally thought.

On Tuesday, Corrie’s mother Nicola Urquhart posted on the Find Corrie Facebook group: “This can devastatingly only mean one thing.

“I can only pray that Corrie is found quickly and that we are able to get answers as to how this could have happened.

“Please can I ask everyone on here to try really hard not to speculate just now. Each second waiting to find Corrie is torture enough.”

Police also said that a 26-year-old man, who is thought to work for the waste company, arrested last week on suspicion of trying to pervert the course of justice will face no further action.

Detectives had been re-checking data provided to officers when they discovered that the initial weight of the waste pick-up supplied to the investigation was far higher than originally thought. This directly led to the arrest as police moved to secure any potential evidence.

However, following further investigation and the interviewing of a second man under caution, detectives now believe there was no attempt to hide information.

Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said: “We now know the weight of the waste collection from the ‘horseshoe’ on the night Corrie went missing was over 100kg, when the original information we were given indicated that this was 11kg, and this makes our search of the landfill [at Milton] the next logical step to try to find Corrie.

“The investigation has identified that the company who provided the data usually charge per collection, not per weight of load collected, and it appears that it was genuinely believed by the company that the data provided was correct.

“Our extensive work around CCTV to see if Corrie could have left the Brentgovel Street area and the vast number of other enquiries we have been making have been crucial to getting us to this point.

“The search of the landfill is a huge undertaking, and still may not provide the answer as to what happened, but now, with new information uncovered by the officers working on the case, this is the priority.”

Any information relating to Corrie’s disappearance should be passed to the incident room on 01473 782019. Alternatively you can call 101 and ask to speak to the team.


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