Police in Suffolk searing for missing Fife RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague have called in specialists.
Teams from other forces and external agencies are now assisting with highly technical interrogations of phone mast signals and indepth analysis of a bin lorry’s movements including on its tachograph – a device fitted to a vehicle that automatically records data similar to an aircraft ‘black box’.
Corrie, 23, from Dunfermline is based at RAF Honington a few miles from the town of Bury St Edmunds.
On Saturday, 24 September, all trace of Corrie disappeared after he wandered into a dead-end, horseshoe alleyway behind some shops in the centre of town at around 3.20am.
1000 hours of CCTV analysis has failed to show him exiting the alley on foot.
After he failed to show at his RAF base on the Monday, police seized a bin lorry which was known to have travelled from the town to a nearby area, Barton Mills, a path which mirrored the time and route of Corrie’s mobile phone.
Thousands of Bury St Edmunds residents have thrown their support beind the campaign to find Corrie.
Corrie’s mother, Nicola Urquhart from Dunfermline, has remained in Bury since her son disappeared.
Corrie’s uncle, Tony Wringe, told over 60,000 followers of the Find Corrie Facebook page: “The amount of activity happening in the background is increasing, a number of things we can only reference, other things that we can’t talk about.”
He said: “We are told he is not in the area he was last seen, based on forensic searches.
“Tests have physically proved that a person cannot leave that area on foot without being seen on CCTV. He is not seen leaving the area on any of the CCTV footage.”
It is understood further searches are to take place in the area.
Mr Wringe thanked supporters for continuing to raise Corrie’s disappearance with the media and politicians.
He said: “An MP standing up in the House of Commons to talk about Corrie at a time when Parliament and the nation are most reminded of their obligation to the Armed Forces was good to see.”
Bury’s MP Jo Churchill issued a statement saying: “Since the disappearance of RAF Serviceman Corrie McKeague last seen in Bury St Edmunds town centre on Saturday 24th September, I have been and remain in regular contact with both RAF Honington and Suffolk police who are investigating this ongoing case.
“My sincere and heartfelt thoughts go out to his family and friends during this most difficult time.”
Visit: Find Corrie Facebook page and www.findcorrie.co.uk – also follow on Twitter @FindCorrie