RAF man Cor­rie McKeague no longer miss­ing, says dad

Fa­ther says fam­ily has had to ac­cept his re­mains are ir­re­triev­able

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY SAM RUS­SELL

The fa­ther of air­man Cor­rie McKeague has said his son is “no longer miss­ing” as he claims he knows what hap­pened to him and that he is in the waste dis­posal sys­tem.

Martin McKeague wrote 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.”

Cor­rie McKeague was 23 years old when he van­ished on a night out in Bury St Ed­munds, Suf­folk, on Septem­ber 24 2016.

Po­lice be­lieve that he climbed into a waste bin and was taken away by a refuse lorry.

He had been sta­tioned at RAF Hon­ing­ton, around 10 miles from Bury St Ed­munds. No trace of him has been found, and po­lice said in March that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was be­ing handed to a cold case squad.

His fa­ther Martin McKeague, of Cupar in Fife, wrote that po­lice came to visit the fam­ily in Scot­land to re­view the facts of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in de­tail in Oc­to­ber last year and Fe­bru­ary this year.

The ev­i­dence pre­sented to him was “as thor­ough as it was com­pelling”, he said, and that ex­perts “con­cluded be­yond any doubt that Cor­rie had ended up in the Suf­folk waste dis­posal sys­tem”.

“Ac­cept­ing that con­clu­sion has clearly not been easy for the McKeague fam­ily in Scot­land, nor any­one else,” he wrote.

He said the re­main­ing ar­eas were ei­ther “too toxic to search” or “so vast it could take years to do so”.

He said there are plans for a memo­rial for Cor­rie in the fu­ture. The young daugh­ter of Novi­chok vic­tim Dawn Sturgess told friends and fam­ily at her fu­neral how much she loved her mother.

The chapel at Sal­is­bury Cre­ma­to­rium was packed with mourn­ers as peo­ple re­mem­bered the moth­erof-three who died ear­lier this month, eight days af­ter be­ing poi­soned with the nerve agent.

Ms Sturgess’s part­ner Char­lie Row­ley, 45, was in the front row for the ser­vice, which also in­cluded a eu­logy by her sis­ter Claire.

Speak­ing af­ter­wards, the Rev Philip Bromi­ley, who led the ser­vice, said: “As you can imag­ine there was a lot of mixed emo­tions and there was ob­vi­ously still shock, and peo­ple were tremen­dously tear­ful

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