The family of missing airman Corrie McKeague say 13 out of 23 people seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds around the time of his disappearance have been identified.
It follows a public appeal in which people were able to view CCTV footage at a ‘police pod’ in the town centre to help trace the individuals concerned.
Corrie was last seen on CCTV at about 3.25am on September 24 in Brentgovel Street after a night out with colleagues from RAF Honington.
In a post on the Find Corrie Facebook page, his uncle Tony Wringe said: “The family asked for the pod to be placed in the centre of Bury to allow the public to view the CCTV to try and help identify the 23 unidentified persons that had been captured on film.
“Despite a lack of police resources to keep the pod open and operating at accessible times for the many people who wanted to assist, it was an outstanding success - there are now only 10 unidentified individuals remaining, following the pod CCTV review.
“Investigation to discount those who were identified continues.”
Corrie’s mum Nicola Urquhart previously told the Bury Free Press that though the people they want to trace may not be involved in his disappearance, they may have seen someone acting suspiciously.
She added that even if they can confirm they didn’t see Corrie in the area at a particular time, this could help police by narrowing the timeline of his disappearance.
Mr Wringe said the police are due to release another set of images to the public in the next few days.
Giving an update on the case, he said the possibility that Corrie was still in the Brentgovel Street area had been ‘forensically discounted’.
He said the remaining two possibilities are that he left on foot or in a vehicle.
“We know for certain that Corrie did not walk out of that area before 1200 on Saturday (including not in other clothing) and has not been seen leaving on the footage viewed up until 1600 so far,” he said.
Mr Wringe added that a public search is planned later this month under the guidance of trained professionals.
They will also be looking to extend the delivery of leaflets out to Thetford, Mildenhall and Lakenheath.
Thanking everyone who has been involved in the search, he said: “To know that almost 70,000 people have invested their time to look in to our plight; to help do something to raise awareness of Corrie’s disappearance - or just to show some human decency and compassion in the street as we’ve walked past.... Thank you. I’ve run out of superlatives, just thank you.”
Meanwhile, a Long Stratton artist has joined the campaign to help find Corrie.
Rick Minns, known as Ruddy Muddy, is the man behind the unusual artwork, who draws designs on dirty vans.
The 42-year-old has used what he calls ‘graffilthy art’ to create an image of Corrie on an unwashed van, and has included contact details for anyone who may have information on his whereabouts.
“Anything that can make a few more people aware - if it’s seen by someone and leads to more information that would be great,” he said.
Corrie’s mum Nicola described the image as ‘amazing’ and hoped the ‘unusual’ artwork would help raise awareness of her missing son.
She said: “It really is a fantastic likeness, I really can’t believe he has done that on a back of a van.
“It’s so unusual, I’ve never seen anything like it before. I think it will get people talking.”
Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 01473 782019.