RAF man Corrie McKeague no longer missing, says dad
Father says family has had to accept his remains are irretrievable
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