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Police find witness for RAF gunner Corrie McKeague





  • Suffolk Police are desperately searching for missing gunner Corrie McKeague
  • The 23-year-old vanished while on a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds
  • Police have traced a potential witness after released new CCTV images

By Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline

Published: 11:06 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 11:08 EST, 17 February 2017

RAF gunner Corrie McKeague (pictured) went missing during a night out in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk  RAF gunner Corrie McKeague (pictured) went missing during a night out in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk 

RAF gunner Corrie McKeague (pictured) went missing during a night out in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk 

Police investigating the disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague have traced a potential witness from CCTV and are searching for two more people.

Mr McKeague, 23, from Fife, vanished while on a night out with friends on September 24 in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Suffolk Police have identified a cyclist spotted around the time Mr McKeague was last seen, and are renewing appeals to find an older man and a person seen walking through the Brentgovel Street area of the town at around 5.15am on September 24.

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They published a new CCTV image earlier this month and reissued several other images in a bid to try and fine Mr McKeague.

The new image, which shows a person strolling past a 'no entry' sign, is believed to be the same person in a black and white image officers released in December last year.

The yellow-like image was captured four minutes after the black and white one, Suffolk Police confirmed.  

In another strand to the investigation, Suffolk Police said a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, would be trawled once the search area has been made safe, with 8,000 tonnes of bulk material removed.

Police have released this new image of a person walking through Bury St Edmunds (pictured)  Police have released this new image of a person walking through Bury St Edmunds (pictured) 

Police have released this new image of a person walking through Bury St Edmunds (pictured) 

Suffolk Police released this image in December but are reissuing it and they believe it is the same person in the new CCTV image  Suffolk Police released this image in December but are reissuing it and they believe it is the same person in the new CCTV image 

Suffolk Police released this image in December but are reissuing it and they believe it is the same person in the new CCTV image 

CCTV shows that a waste lorry made a collection in the area Mr McKeague was last seen shortly after the last confirmed sighting of him.

The lorry's route appeared to coincide with the movements of Mr McKeague's phone, but police said the vehicle's load weighed less than 33lb and forensic examinations found no trace of him in the lorry.

In a separate development, Suffolk Police said officers had been provided with information by a private investigation firm employed by Mr McKeague's mother Nicola Urquhart, and data was being reviewed.

Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said that work to find Mr McKeague was continuing both in preparation for the landfill site search and in the inquiries being made.

'The work to trace Corrie remains a priority and we are continuing to progress our investigation as the work around the site search is being planned,' she said.

'It was initially hoped that the search could start next week, but the logistics of building access routes and ensuring the area is safely accessible for those who will be carrying out the work mean further preparatory activity will need to be done first.

'This is a considerable task and we need to ensure everything is in place before officers begin the process of going through the waste in the landfill.

'We have been liaising with Corrie's family around the timescales involved and, while we can't confirm a start date, this preliminary work will be completed as quickly as possible, so the full scale search can take place.

'Our aim from the start was to find Corrie and we have been carefully going through all lines of inquiry in detail, checking and re-checking information that has been passed to us to discover what happened.

'We continue to receive assistance from a range of partner agencies, including the RAF, and we are very grateful for their continuing assistance.'

Police have identified a search area covering more than 9,902 sq ft with waste up to 26 ft deep.

It is estimated it will take a team of specialist search-trained police officers six to 10 weeks to complete the work required. 

Police are still hoping to identify a cyclist who was speaking to a driver in the town on the night Mr McKeague went missing  Police are still hoping to identify a cyclist who was speaking to a driver in the town on the night Mr McKeague went missing 

Police are still hoping to identify a cyclist who was speaking to a driver in the town on the night Mr McKeague went missing 

In a previous statement, Ms Elliot said: 'Over £300,000 has so far been spent on the investigation and we are putting every effort into finding Corrie.

'We have drawn on local and national experts and have been open to review by other forces and have continued to resource the search to find Corrie.

'The activities we have undertaken to date have been based on information and facts and not on assumptions.

Police still want to identify an older man who was in the area  Police still want to identify an older man who was in the area 

Police still want to identify an older man who was in the area 

'Although at this stage we have not received any information from the company employed by (Mr McKeague's mother) Nicola Urquhart, as soon as we receive any information that the company chooses to pass to the police this will be considered as part of the ongoing inquiry.

'Any details coming into the investigation will be checked across the information held, and we continue to work in partnership with a number of agencies including the RAF on the continuing enquiry.'

She continued: 'What is crucially important is that the public provide any information they have about Corrie's disappearance directly to the police in order that it can be properly recorded and investigated.

'The police don't want to miss that vital piece of information that may help them to find Corrie.'

Any information relating to Corrie's disappearance or about the potential witnesses should be passed to the incident room on 01473 782019. 


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