Mother of missing RAF serviceman says police have spoken of kidnap possibility

Corrie McKeague
Corrie McKeague

Police investigating the disappearance of an RAF serviceman who went missing in Bury St Edmunds are not ruling out the possibility he may have been abducted, his mother revealed in Sunday paper interviews.

Corrie McKeague was last seen on a night out in the town over a week ago on Saturday September 24.

CCTV footage captured him roaming the town’s streets at around 3.20am before it’s thought he may have tried to walk home to RAF Honington - a 20 minute drive away or almost three hours away on foot.

His mother, Nicola Urquhart, told the Sunday Times that the possibility of a kidnap “has been mentioned by the police and it’s not something they would rule out.

She said: “It’s looking more and more suspicious as time goes on that they’re not actually finding him.”

“It is something that they’re thinking of. Obviously it is something they’re looking at, but it’s certainly not something they’re shouting about to me.”

Bury St Edmunds is around 30 miles from RAF Marham in Norfolk, where two men of Middle Eastern appearance tried to abduct an RAF serviceman in July. However, on Monday Detective Superintendent Paul Durham, senior detective in charge of the investigation into the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham, confirmed the inquiry is not being linked to the disappearance of 23-year-old Corrie, based at RAF Honington, at this time.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said that there was no evidence of any third party involvement in Corrie’s disappearance at this stage, but officers had to keep an open mind.”

“At this stage there is no evidence to suggest that there is any link to the recent incident at RAF Marham,” she said.

Corrie, originally from Dunfermline in Scotland, was reported as missing to police last Monday afternoon.

He is white, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short light brown hair and was wearing a light pink shirt and white jeans or trousers at the time he was last seen.

His mother has posted his photo on Facebook and appealed for people to share it in the hope it will help find him.

She added : “I’m just trying to get his face out there to as many people as possible in the hope it will jog someone’s memory, somebody must have seen him.

“A newspaper said I was frantic. It doesn’t even come slightly close.”

RAF police, Suffolk police and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue volunteers have been continuing their search over the weekend, scouring verges and retracing Corrie’s steps.

Suffolk Police Chief Inspector Simon Mills said: “He is known to go out nights with his friends and go back on foot regardless of distance.

“For him to go missing is abnormal behaviour, but for him, walking back is normal.

“The reason he was reported missing is that he failed to show at work.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have seen him on Friday night or early Saturday morning and we want any dog walkers and residents with outbuildings to check for anything unusual.

“We’re concerned now because of the vulnerability. If he’s injured himself between here and RAF Honington, it’s a vast area for us to look for him.”

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Corrie since, or anyone who may have information about where he is now, and are asking them to get in touch immediately by contacting the incident room on 01473 782019.