Mother of Corrie McKeague claims police handed investigation to cold case team prematurely

PUBLISHED: 12:40 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 27 March 2018

Corrie McKeague, pictured with his puppy, went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in 2016. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Corrie McKeague, pictured with his puppy, went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in 2016. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


The mother of missing airman Corrie McKeague has said police handed the investigation into her son’s disappearance to a cold case squad prematurely.

No trace of the 23-year-old has been found since he was last seen in Bury St Edmunds on September 24, 2016.

The current theory is that he climbed into a waste bin and was taken away by a refuse lorry.

Mr McKeague’s mother, Nicola Urquhart, expressed her concerns on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show yeterday morning, alongside her sons Makeyan and Darroch.

She said: “The police have done a massive amount of work, we are really grateful for everything that they have done.

“I don’t want to come on here and just criticise the police, but – and it may be that we get to the same point as they are – but they’ve turned this over to a cold case before they’ve looked at all the information.”

When asked by this newspaper what happened to the information supplied to the police by MIS (McKenzie Intelligence Services) – the company brought in by Nicola Urquhart – Suffolk police said the intelligence was reviewed but did not create any new lines of inquiry.

Suffolk police said in a statement that investigators had been through all realistic possibilities in detail, that there was no evidence of foul play and that the inquiry would move to the cold case team.

Police carried out two searches of a landfill site at Milton, near Cambridge, last year, with the first lasting 20 weeks and the second, lasting seven weeks, concluding in December.

They sifted through thousands of tonnes of waste in the two areas where it was most likely for Mr McKeague to have ended up, but the records used were not detailed enough to rule out him being elsewhere.

Investigators were also initially given the wrong weight of the bin that Mr McKeague may have climbed into, making it too light to support the theory that he was in there.

However this was later corrected, showing that it was actually much heavier than normal.

Ms Urquhart said the raw bin lorry weight data did not match with the story police had been given.

“That raw data has either been manipulated or somebody’s lying about what they’ve told the police,” she said.

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