As enquiries continue to trace missing Dunfermline RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague, Suffolk police have released details of a further potential witness officers would like to speak to.
Around 1.15am to 1.30am on Saturday 24 September Corrie bought takeaway food at Pizza Mama Mia in Bury St Edmonds before walking off towards Brentgovel Street, as seen on the first CCTV images issued by police which showed him a 3.20am.
It was first thought that he was intending to walk back to his RAF base a few miles away but police now believe he did not leave Bury – at least on foot.
While he was in the takeaway he went to sit with a group of people who have not yet been traced. This group are sought as witnesses and police want to speak to them. The group included a man described as black, who wore a distinctive black T-shirt with ‘Death’, the Roman numerals ‘LXXVIII’ and the number ‘78’ in large white letters on the rear and a white motif on the front.
He appears to be shorter than Corrie, under around 5ft 10ins tall, and had short dark hair. He leaves the takeaway with Corrie, before Corrie is seen on the CCTV walking towards Brentgovel Street on his own.
There is no suggestion that there was any contact after this, however police need to talk to anyone who spoke to Corrie in the hours before he disappeared. At this time this group are the last known to have been in conversation with Corrie.
Corrie’s mother, Nicola Urquhart from Dunfermline, said: “What makes it almost impossible to comprehend is the fact he just vanished leaving no digital trace.
“He’s missed virtually every camera in the area, nobody has seen him, no use of his bank cards, no contact, it’s impossible, but it’s happened. It’s so difficult to get my head round that.
“This is torture of all of us, how do you deal with it? There’s no manual, you just have to try and function. It’s impossible, it’s really really difficult.
“You just want to fall apart but you know that you can’t.”
The last known CCTV footage of Corrie has also been released by police, which show him going into a dead-end street but he never came back out again. Large bins are situated there behind retail units.
Earlier in the investigation, police said they traced his mobile phone movements which matched those of a bin lorry which travelled from the town to Barton Mills around 20 miles away.