Police have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice as part of the continuing investigation into the disappearance of serviceman Corrie McKeague.
The man was arrested earlier today, March 1. He has been taken into custody where he will be interviewed on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice relating to information provided to the investigation.
But police have stated unequivocally that he is not the driver of the bin lorry that collected refuse from the area where Corrie was last seen more than five months ago.
They said they will not be giving any further details at this time, as work to discover what happened to the 23-year-old airman continues.
A massive operation has been under way since Corrie mysteriously disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, not far from RAF Honington, where he was stationed.
His dad Martin and grandparents Mary and Oliver, all of whom live in Cupar, have feared from the start that the young gunner was abducted.
Corrie, who grew up in Cupar and attended St Columba’s Primary School along with his two brothers was last seen in the early hours of September 24.
He was caught on CCTV entering an area called ‘the horseshoe’ at the back of some buildings in the town centre.
The area is full of rubbish bins and it was at first thought that Corrie could have ended up on a bin lorry that collected rubbish shortly after he disappeared.
His phone signal was picked up some 13 miles away in Barton Mills a short time later, suggesting it could only have got there on a vehicle.
But it was deemed to be impossible for Corrie to have been aboard the lorry because his weight would have been detected.
Police have said he couldn’t possibly have left the horseshoe area without being spotted on CCTV, so remain baffled as to his whereabouts.
Corrie was described by his grandmother, Mary McKeague, as ‘the life and soul of the party’ and it is known that he was well under the influence of alcohol at the time of his disappearance.
Corrie and his brothers Darroch (21) and Makeyan (26) moved to Dunfermline with their mother, Nicola Urquhart, when she and Martin split.