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Corrie McKeague: Police to finally search landfill site after missing RAF airman’s phone last tracked on bin lorry route

Police searching for missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague are set to finally search a landfill site five months on from his mobile phone signal last being tracked on a bin lorry route. The 23-year-old vanished after partying with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on September 24 last year, in a case that’s left police stumped. His final mobile phone signals appeared to match the speed of a moving vehicle and the route matched that of a local bin lorry in the area.

But after previously defending their decision not to search a rubbish tip off the A14 north of Cambridge, Suffolk Police will now search the eight-metre deep site.

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Corrie McKeagueCorrie McKeague disappeared in Bury St Edmunds, SuffolkCorrie McKeague and his dad Martin

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: “There are some measures that we need to put in place before the full search work starts as, in addition to the pressing need to find Corrie, we also have to consider local residents, site workers and the officers who will be carrying out the job of going through the waste. “We know that physically searching the site has the potential to cause an increase in odour and we hope residents will understand that we and the site owners have taken this into consideration when making a decision to go ahead with the search.

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“We need to find him and discover what happened to him. “While the search may not provide the answers as to what happened it is something we need to do as our investigation continues.”

Police had previously said they hadn’t searched the site because they couldn’t rule out another vehicle had taken the route or that his mobile phone was with Corrie at the time it was giving out the signals.

Corrie's mum Nicola Urquhart joins the search near his base at RAF HonningtonCorrie’s mum Nicola Urquhart joins the search near his base at RAF Honnington Search teams are looking in woodlands in the areaSearch teams are looking in woodlands in the area His mum says she hopes to find her missing son aliveHis mum says she hopes to find her missing son alive

A search of woodlands near to Barton Mills was carried out last month, near where the last recorded signal was given out from Corrie’s mobile phone. Corrie’s mum Nicola Urquhart, 48, arranged for the private search to be carried out in woodland between Barton Mills and Mildenhall in Suffolk. Mrs Urquhart revealed her son and his girlfriend April Oliver were members of Fab Swingers- a hook-up website.

Police are investigating whether his use of sex and dating websites may be linked to his disappearance.

April found out she was expecting after Corrie’s disappearance CCTV of Corrie McKeagueCCTV of Corrie McKeague on the night he vanished Corrie and his girlfriend were members of a swinging website

The last sighting shows him walking from a shop doorway and into a horseshoe-shaped area in Brentgovel Street, with no sign of him emerging.

Mr McKeague, a gunner and team medic, was separated from friends while leaving the Flex nightclub in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24

September.He was last seen on CCTV in the town centre at 3.25am wearing a light pink Ralph Lauren shirt, white jeans and brown suede Timberland boots with light soles.

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