Cor­rie’s dad says his son is no longer ‘miss­ing’, but ir­re­triev­able.

Fa­ther says fam­ily ac­cepts air­man’s re­mains are ‘ir­re­triev­able’

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

The fa­ther of RAF ser­vice­man Cor­rie McKeague said he knows what hap­pened to his son.

Martin McKeague said Cor­rie “is no longer miss­ing” and claims he is “some­where in the Suf­folk waste dis­posal sys­tem” and his re­mains are “es­sen­tially ir­re­triev­able”.

Cor­rie, who was based at RAF Hon­ing­ton at Bury St Edmonds, was 23 when he was last seen walk­ing through the Suf­folk town in Septem­ber 2016, af­ter a night out with friends.

Po­lice thought he had climbed into a bin and had been trans­ported to a mas­sive rub­bish dump at Mil­ton, near Cam­bridge, known as Cell 22.

Po­lice car­ried out two ex­ten­sive searches, last­ing 27 weeks in to­tal.

Mr McKeague said on Face­book: “Cor­rie is no longer miss­ing. What we mean by this is that af­ter look­ing at all of the facts and ev­i­dence we now know what hap­pened to our son.

“We are cer­tain he is some­where in the Suf­folk waste dis­posal sys­tem, but his re­mains are es­sen­tially ir­re­triev­able.”

He said that the ev­i­dence had been re­viewed by in­de­pen­dent ex­perts in other po­lice forces “who con­cluded be­yond any doubt that Cor­rie had ended up in the Suf­folk waste dis­posal sys­tem”.

Mr McKeague added: “But un­like other miss­ing per­sons in­ves­ti­ga­tions where they do not know where their loved one is or what hap­pened to them, we do know what hap­pened to Cor­rie and we have to ac­cept that it is im­pos­si­ble to search those ar­eas for him now.

“And ac­cept­ing that con­clu­sion has clearly not been easy for the McKeague fam­ily in Scot­land, nor any­one else.

“That’s why we feel Cor­rie is no longer miss­ing, but rather his body is ir­re­triev­able be­cause the re­main­ing waste dis­posal en­vi­ron­ments are ei­ther too toxic to search, and the size of Cell 22 is so vast that it could take years to do so in or­der to find out ex­actly where he came to rest.”

Mr McKeague added that plans for a memo­rial for Cor­rie are in place.

Cor­rie McKeague was last seen in Septem­ber 2016.

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