CCTV ‘sighting’ of missing airman Corrie is ruled out
MISSING airman Corrie McKeague’s mother had her hopes dashed when it was revealed that a man caught on CCTV who she believed was him came forward to police.
Police say the man in the film has been traced and they are “confident” he was not Mr McKeague.
His mother, Nicola Urquhart, had said the public would be horrified to see the CCTV as it cast doubt on police theories over her son’s whereabouts.
Mr McKeague, originally from Dunfermline, Fife, was 23 when he went missing in September 2016.
He was last seen entering the bin loading area at 3.25am after a night out in the town.
His remains were not found despite a 20-week trawl of a landfill site near Cambridge.
Mrs Urquhart said the CCTV footage which she said showed a man leaving the bin loading bay.
She said the footage was grainy but it showed a person wearing incredibly bright, reflective clothing, which looks like white trousers.
Mr McKeague, who was stationed on an RAF base near Bury St Edmunds, was last seen wearing a bright pink shirt and white ripped jeans.
Mrs Urquhart added she believed the man on the CCTV was her son and if the public saw the footage “no one would believe he went in the bin”.
Suffolk Police said the footage showed three individuals walking in the area.
Clearer images were found which enabled identification and all three people had presented themselves.
The force said it had ruled the individuals out of their inquiries in 2016 and it was confident that none of them was Mr McKeague.
In March this year, detectives investigating Mr McKeague’s disappearance said they had reached the point where there are no realistic lines of inquiry left to pursue.
Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said: “Whilst the investigation has drawn to a natural conclusion we will continue to work with the family to provide answers to their questions and help them understand what may have happened.”
The case has been moved to major investigation cold case team. the