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Fears Corrie was in bin that was 10 times heavier than police were told

Corrie McKeague
Corrie McKeague

Missing airman Corrie McKeague’s mum has spoken of her devastation at finding out the bin removed from where he was last seen was heavy enough to have held him.

Suffolk Police said this evening that the bin removed from the Brentgovel Street horseshoe on the morning of September 24, hours after Corrie was last seen there, contained more than 100kg instead of the 11kg originally thought.

Milton landfill site search is now a priority. Picture: Keith Heppell
Milton landfill site search is now a priority. Picture: Keith Heppell

Corrie’s mum Nicola Urquhart has said this evening (Tuesday) 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.”

She later said:“It could be the most innocent of errors that has not only dragged a family through this but I’ve brought thousands of people into this and that’s a lot to handle.

Corrie McKeague's mum Nicola Urquhart ANL-160310-161217009
Corrie McKeague's mum Nicola Urquhart ANL-160310-161217009

“I have one thousand questions going through my head - not one of them will help me find Corrie.

“All I can say right now is that I’m just trying to keep it together.”

Suffolk Police said a man arrested last week on suspicion of trying to pervert the course of justice, who was believed to have worked for the waste company, has been told he will face no further action.

Police had been re-checking data provided to officers. As a result it was discovered 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 work and the interviewing of a second man under caution, detectives now believe there was no attempt to hide information.

Corrie’s dad Martin McKeague said he was upset that a national newspaper had named the man.

“To be accused of something like that is terrible, “ he said. “It was a genuine mistake and as Corrie’s father I wish that young boy well. This is from the whole McKeague family – I hope he can move on.”

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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