Corrie McKeague's mum to visit suspected burial site

The mum of missing airman Corrie McKeague is due to visit the tip where he is believed to be buried so she can 'feel close to him'.

Monday, 13th March 2017, 10:15 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:46 am
The landfill site at Milton, Cambridgeshire, where it is believed that Corrie is buried. Picture: SWNS
The landfill site at Milton, Cambridgeshire, where it is believed that Corrie is buried. Picture: SWNS

Nicola Urquhart, 48, is expected to be joined at the landfill site by her husband David and Corrie’s brothers Makeyan, 25, and Darroch, 21.

It’s not known when they plan to visit the area, where specialist search teams could be for the next nine weeks trawling through up to 8,000 tonnes of waste.

A source told a Sunday newspaper: “There are plans for Nicola to visit the search site.

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“It won’t be easy for her or the boys but it’s where they now believe Corrie is and they want to go there so they can feel close to him.”

Plans for her visit come after Nicola released new pictures of the RAF gunner on the Find Corrie Facebook page.

She wrote “Pride and Joy” alongside one of the images which shows the 23-year-old gunner in his uniform surrounded by his RAF colleagues.

The second picture is of Corrie looking more casual and at a happier time, which she captioned “always smiling for the camera”.

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It’s the first time the shots have been seen during the six-month search for 23-year-old Corrie.

He went missing following a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, last September.

Corrie’s last moments were caught on CCTV as he entered an area known as ‘the Horseshoe’, where a bin weighing 100kg was lifted from.

This was originally filed incorrectly as 11kg - a weight which did not arise suspicion from investigators.

Following the revelation, Nicola also took to Facebook to say that the news could “devastatingly only mean one thing”.

Meanwhile, Corrie’s father, has said he feels no anger towards the man who is believed to have given the wrong information to police.

Martin McKeague, 48, who is a former bin man, said he can only imagine how the waste disposal worker feels about what police have called a “genuine mistake”.

He said: “One young man’s life has been destroyed. We know we’ve lost Corrie, I don’t want to see another young life destroyed.

“I feel for this lad - he has my sympathy - and I hope he’s able to move on and get his life back on track.

“From what I’ve been told by the police, the raw data collected about uplifts is not easy to read.

“It’s not as simple as the information being read wrong. It’s actually quite in-depth.

“I can only imagine how all this must have affected the lad from Biffa. People can be nasty, jump to conclusions. I hope he can get over what’s happened.”

Last week, Martin and his wife Trisha visited the landfill site in Milton, Cambs.

He said: “To actually see Suffolk and Norfolk Police there raking through the rubbish is a horrendous task.

“The thought of just being there and that Corrie is possibly under foot really is staring into a piece of hell to be honest with you.

“It was a very personal thing. We did have to take a couple of days to get over that emotion.”

Suffolk Police are investigating a referral from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over the arrest March 1.

The 26-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice, will face no further action.

Following Corrie’s disappearance, it has also emerged that Corrie’s girlfriend April Oliver, 21, is pregnant with his child.

Miss Oliver said Corrie did not know about the baby which is due in late spring or early summer.

Corrie is originally from Fife in Scotland and moved down to Suffolk to live at RAF Honington where he worked as a gunner and team medic in the air force.

Anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to call the incident room at Suffolk Police on 01473 782019.