Mother of missing airman Corrie McKeague has backed police over delays to the search of a landfill site in Cambridgeshire and fears there is a ‘good possibility’ he is in there.
Suffolk Police had originally hoped to start the search this week but have had to delay it while access to the area they need to search is created.
Corrie’s mum Nicola Urquhart said on the Find Corrie Facebook page that she and his brothers have ‘no issue’ with the delay.
She wrote: “It could take the police up to two weeks to remove the barrier soil and then they have to build walkways and make it safe before they start the search.
“Although we have always been desperate for the landfill to be searched myself, Makeyan or Darroch have no issue whatsoever in this delay.
“This is an incredibly difficult task and the health and safety of all concerned in the search is paramount. If it takes a month to prepare, we do not mind. It’s getting done now and that’s all that is important.”
She added later: “I think there’s a good possibility that that’s where he could have ended up, because I try to look at things logically.
“What we know is that he’s not left [Brentgovel Street] on foot, he’s not still in there now, so he’s left in a vehicle. That means he could have gone in a bin and then in the bin lorry, or in one of the other vehicles that were there.
“I don’t think anyone who has put Corrie there is going to come forward – they would have done it by now.
“But if someone knows how someone is behaving, if they are behaving oddly, we’re going to find Corrie if he’s in that landfill, so come forward now, so whoever has put him there doesn’t get away with saying he’s fallen in a bin and it’s an accident.
“At least give us some more closure, not just finding Corrie, but also how he got there and what happened to him.”
Police say 8,000 tonnes of rubbish has to be moved from in front of the area they want to search and then they have to go through the equivalent of almost three Olympic-sized swimming pools of rubbish.
Meanwhile, they are still trying to identify the remaining two people seen on CCTV near the Brentgovel Street horseshoe about the time Corrie was last seen on September 24.
They are an older man in a blue anorak and a person seen walking through the horseshoe area at about 5.15am to 5.20am that Saturday. Both are potential witnesses who could have information that may assist and detectives continue to ask them or anyone who knows who they are to get in touch.
Anyone with information on Corrie’s disappearance or the potential witnesses should call the incident room on 01473 782019. Alternatively you can call 101 and ask to speak to the team.