Family of missing airman Corrie McKeague organise their own area search

Corrie McKeague
Corrie McKeague

The family of missing airman Corrie McKeague have organised a search to be held on Saturday and are appealing for people to take part.

His mother Nicola Urquhart has arranged the search at a ‘remote location’ near Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, December 17 from 8am to 3pm.

Police, RAF and Military Police personnel search hedgerows beside the A134 between Bury and RAF Honington for  Corrie McKeague ANL-160930-161432001

Police, RAF and Military Police personnel search hedgerows beside the A134 between Bury and RAF Honington for Corrie McKeague ANL-160930-161432001

In a post on the Find Corrie Facebook page on Wednesday, she said she needed a maximum of 30 people to assist Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (SULSAR).

She said there are ‘strict criteria’ for those who want to participate for several reasons.

“Your safety being paramount, but secondly because to have the support of SULSAR and Suffolk Constabulary I must ensure these searches are carried out with the same level of professionalism and thoroughness that has been used in every search for Corrie so far.”

Mrs Urquhart asked those interested to send her a private message on Facebook with ‘SEARCH’ in capitals at the start along with details of previous experience and a phone number. She said: “The meeting point and search area will be provided to you once you have contacted me and I have ensured to the best of my ability you understand what is being asked of you.”

Corrie, 23, was last seen in Brentgovel Street, Bury, at 3.25am on September 24 after a night out with friends.

Ahead of the search, people are also being encouraged to light a candle tomorrow (Friday, December 16) at 7.30pm ‘to show Corrie the way home’.

For more details visit the Find Corrie public group on Facebook.

Meanwhile, police say they have identified ‘a small number of people’ out of the 12 seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds town centre on the morning Corrie went missing.

A spokeswoman said: “Finding Corrie remains a priority for Suffolk Police. We are continuing to investigate his disappearance and our focus remains on locating him and discovering what happened.

“Police have been carefully examining all possibilities within the investigation and thousands of hours of police time have been spent on carrying out hundreds of enquiries, including searches, comprehensive analysis of CCTV footage, and background work to see if any other factors may have been involved in his disappearance. This work is ongoing.

“All the work completed by Suffolk Police has been reviewed by a number of experts external to Suffolk Constabulary to ensure all possibilities are fully investigated.

“This is a complex and comprehensive investigation, and we’d continue to ask anyone with information to contact the incident room on 01473 782019.”