The Daily Telegraph

Police team sifts through 60 tons of waste a day to find missing airman

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A police search team is trawling through 60 tons of waste a day in the hunt for missing airman Corrie McKeague, police have said.

A landfill site is being painstakin­gly combed in the investigat­ion into the 23-year-old RAF gunner who vanished after a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on Sept 24.

As the search of the site neared the end of its third week, teams had been through more than 845 tons of waste.

His father Martin told the BBC the wait was heartbreak­ing. “We’re six months down the line that Corrie went out and it hasn’t got any easier,” he said. “It’s the unknown. It’s just been horrendous, there are no words for it.”

Suffolk Police said that officers from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were now working with the force.

It could take officers up to 10 weeks to sift through rubbish up to 26ft deep, covering around 9,902sq ft of the dump in Milton, near Cambridge.

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: “If there is a find on the site, then the HSE will have a role to play in looking into the procedures that were in place, and we have been speaking with them to ensure they are aware of our investigat­ion to date.”

A bin lorry was seen on CCTV near Brentgovel Street in the town around when Mr McKeague was last seen, and it took a route which appeared to coincide with his phone’s movements.

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