Landfill search for missing Corrie McKeague is expanded
- Credit: Gregg Brown
The search for the RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague has embarked on its 10th week, with police moving on to a new search area today.
Specially trained police officers have been searching an area of landfill in Milton, near Cambridge, since March 6.
Corrie, 23, was last seen at 3.24am on September 24, after a night out in Bury St Edmunds. He was recorded on a CCTV camera entering a refuse area behind Greggs, off Brentgovel Street.
As the search for Corrie enters its 10th week, police have completed work on the section that was originally identified at the Milton landfill site and have expanded to peripheral areas.
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Police believe he may have ended up in a bin lorry that collected rubbish from the Greggs bakery and took it to the landfill site.
Corrie's mother, Nicola Urquhart, posted on the Find Corrie Facebook page this morning (May 8): 'Suffolk police finished searching the landfill cell last week.
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'This week they are searching the entrance to the cell and it's believed this will be completed this week. Although small items such as phones have been found, we have been told that nothing that relates to Corrie has been found.
'There has been a small amount of Greggs rubbish but as it's just branded paper bags and cardboard boxes apparently none of that can be time dated or it's original location confirmed.
'So it's not known which shop or where it came from. Rubbish has been found from the Bury St Edmunds area and from the month of September 2016.
'Like all of you, we helplessly sit and wait for this area in the search to be completed. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts for your unwavering support.'
The search for Corrie has so far cost more than £1million, with the bulk of that cost coming from the landfill search.
The decision to search the landfill came after an error in the recorded weight of rubbish removed from the bins behind Greggs was revealed.
Originally police were told it weighed less than 15kg, however the true weight has been revealed as in excess of 110kg.
This means Corrie could have been inside the bin when the rubbish was removed and taken to landfill.