Corrie McKeague search on rubbish dump is to resume

Police hunting missing Corrie McKeague (pictured) have announced they will resume their search of 6,500 tonnes of rubbish

The search to find a missing RAF airman will start again on Monday, MailOnline can report.  

Corrie McKeague went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September last year.  

The search so far has centred on a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire after fears that Corrie may have fallen asleep in a rubbish bin and been transported away in a bin lorry.

But it was called off in July after officers spent 20 weeks sifting through 6,500 tonnes of waste but found nothing. 

Officers then turned their efforts to an incinerator in Great Blakenham, Suffolk, where waste, including bone fragments, were found. But detectives revealed that the contents did not contain human bone material. 

This afternoon, pictures at the site in Cambridgeshire show work underway as a third search is set to begin on Monday. 

At the start of this month, Suffolk Police announced they would be restarting the search after a three-month break to the relief of Mr McKeague’s parents. 

Speaking shortly after the announcement, Martin McKeague told MailOnline he believed his son’s body was in the landfill site.

He said: ‘We just want to bring Corrie home. We can’t thank the volunteers enough for everything that they do.’ 


The force said the resumed, extended search, likely to take between four and six weeks, would concentrate on an area next to the site of the earlier search 

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: ‘The pause following the initial search between March and July has allowed detectives the opportunity to thoroughly scrutinise the robustness of this data once again.

‘The extended search, which is likely to take four to six weeks, will concentrate on an area of Cell 22 next to the site of the earlier search. The indications are this is the next most likely area where Corrie could be.’

Now MailOnline can report the police search is due to continue on Monday, with dozens of volunteers expected to take part in the labour-intensive task.   

Corrie’s mother Nicola Urquhart has previously spoken out about her thoughts on the police investigation so far.

Speaking earlier this month, she said: ‘The police now realise that the information they were given wasn’t correct and they went back and kept questioning it and they’ve finally realised that it wasn’t just one lorry they should have been following.’

However she defended the police decision to search in the wrong place saying she was now ‘extremely confident’ in their current investigation.

‘The problem is that they can only go on what they were told at the time and what they were told at the time was that it was just the one lorry that went in,’ she added.

‘There’s a chance that Corrie actually never left with that bin lorry – it could have been the second (lorry) or possibly the day after.’

She said the new search site will cover deposits from all lorries which moved rubbish from Red Lodge from September 26 until September 30 last year.

‘What I can say is if he is in that landfill they will find him by doing this search,’ said Nicola.

‘I’ve got to get my mind and heart back into waiting for a phone call every day for the next six weeks once they start searching and that’s incredibly difficult so I’m just trying to focus on the positive now.

The 23-year-old was last seen in CCTV (shown) walking through Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, after a night out with friends

The 23-year-old was last seen in CCTV (shown) walking through Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, after a night out with friends

Detective Supt Eliott said at the time: ‘We have extended the search area and in the last three months and we couldn’t carry on indefinitely – it is a a very expensive and complex operation and we wanted to make sure we were looking in then right place.

‘We still cannot be 100 per cent certain but this is the next most likely area and we have to search it to be able to find the evidence to understand what happened to Corrie.

‘At some point this may cease to be an active inquiry but we will always review any new evidence.

‘We have spoken to the family to explain what we are doing and its implications and they are pleased that we are still making progress.’