CCTV ‘sight­ing’ of miss­ing air­man Cor­rie is ruled out

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Tele­graph Re­porters

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

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