Search team work­ing in ap­palling con­di­tions

Stench: Smell is so vile it makes you want to retch, says miss­ing man’s fa­ther

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - KirsTy sTe­warT

Cor­rie McKeague’s fa­ther has praised heroic search teams for work­ing in con­di­tions so ap­palling the smell “makes you want to retch”.

Martin McKeague re­vealed on Thurs­day night that con­di­tions are so bad at the land­fill site in Mil­ton near Cam­bridge that po­lice had been pep­per­ing the air with mint to mask the stench.

A bub­blegum scent had pre­vi­ously been blown out to re­duce the smell as of­fi­cers from Nor­folk and Suf­folk trawl through waste in a bid to find miss­ing air­man.

But Martin, from Cu­par, has re­vealed that de­spite these ef­forts, the “vile” smell from the ground is so bad it “as­saults your senses”.

The 48-year-old also re­vealed how the smell would make peo­ple retch long be­fore they even get near where the ex­ca­va­tion is be­ing car­ried out.

Ear­lier this week Suf­folk po­lice con­firmed they were ex­tend­ing their 10-week search by at least an ex­tra three weeks to hunt for the 23-year-old who van­ished al­most eight months ago.

Shar­ing an up­date on Facebook, high­light­ing his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the search, Martin said: “I must ad­mit that I was noth­ing short of over­joyed to hear that the vol­un­teers from the Nor­folk and Suf­folk po­lice de­part­ments will be con­tin­u­ing the search for my son at the land­fill site in Mil­ton for the next three weeks.

“That an­nounce­ment ar­rived as yet another en­dorse­ment of the facts that tell us Cor­rie is out there, somewhere in the land­fill.

“It was also an in­cred­i­ble re­lief to both Tr­isha and I as we made our reg­u­lar visit to the site to­day – my 12th over the last 11 weeks – to once again see all of those faces that we’ve come to know work­ing along­side the new fresh sets of eyes that have once again been ro­tated into the team.

“They’re all out there work­ing tire­lessly in ap­palling con­di­tions while the vile smell com­ing up from the ground as­saults your senses.

“And de­spite the po­lice’s best ef­forts to pep­per the air with mint and other aro­mas to try and al­le­vi­ate it, the smell is enough to make you want to retch long be­fore you ever get any­where near where the real ex­ca­va­tion work is be­ing car­ried out.”

Martin also re­vealed he is con­fi­dent that po­lice will con­tinue to search the land­fill un­til they find Cor­rie.

He added: “It is the ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts of the po­lice that have brought us this far, and which will, along with the as­sis­tance of the Jones Broth­ers ex­ca­va­tion team, con­clude in find­ing my son.”

Cor­rie, an RAF air­man based in Hon­ing­ton, went miss­ing on Septem­ber 24 last year fol­low­ing a night out with friends in Bury St Ed­munds, Suf­folk.

Cor­rie is thought to have some­how found him­self in the back of a Biffa bin lorry that col­lected rub­bish in an area where he was last seen on CCTV.

“They’re all out there work­ing tire­lessly. MARTIN MCKEAGUE

Pic­ture: SWNS.

Po­lice of­fi­cers comb the land­fill site at Mil­ton for miss­ing Cor­rie McKeague, be­low.

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