Search teams investigating missing RAF Honington gunner Corrie McKeague close A11 near Barton Mills
PUBLISHED: 13:34 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 October 2016
RAF and police search teams are currently walking the A11 Newmarket-bound carriageway near to Barton Mills as the hunt for Corrie McKeague continues.
Not link to RAF Marham incident
A major TV appeal into the attempted abduction of a serviceman from a Norfolk airbase has resulted in “no significant leads”, police have today admitted.
Detectives launched an investigation after an RAF Marham serviceman was ambushed by two men, of Middle Eastern appearance, while out running along Squires Hill.
Police however insist the investigation into the incident, which happened on July 20, “had by no means stalled” and remained a “live investigation”.
A spokesman said there was still a lot of work going on in terms of the inquiry, including going through CCTV and witness statements.
Police say the investigation was not being linked to the disappearance of Corrie McKeague.
The RAF Regiment gunner, 23, from RAF Honington was reported missing on Monday September 26 and was last seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds at 3.23am on Saturday September 24.
The searches in the Barton Mills area come after mobile phone location data found his phone was last on in the early hours of Saturday morning near to the Fiveways Roundabout.
Earlier this morning police searched between the Fiveways Roundabout and Icklingham, along the A1101.
Traffic is being allowed to flow slowly past the search teams, but delays should be expected as the whole road is being searched.
Corrie was last seen wearing a bright pink top and white trousers. Initial enquiries have led police to believe he may have tried to walk home from Bury to RAF Honington, where he lives.
He was known to walk home after nights out.
Police are also keen to trace three young people seen near to Cornhill Walk in Bury in the early hours of September 24.
If you have any information at all, no matter how uncertain you may be, please phone 101 urgently and ask for the Bury Edmunds police station duty sergeant.
The man in charge of the inquiry to find Suffolk serviceman Corrie McKeague has stressed the quest to locate him is still be treated as a missing person investigation.
Corrie’s last known sighting was outside The Grapes public house in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds, early in the morning of Saturday, September 24.
Police have said they have ruled out any link to the attempted abduction of an airman outside RAF Marham in Norfolk in July and have traced the 23-year-old’s mobile phone movements to a bin lorry travelling between Bury and Barton Mills.
Acting Superintendent Kim Warner yesterday made a public appeal for information in front o Focused searches and CCTV key to finding Corrie McKeague, says lead police officer f local and national media at Bury police station.
He said: “Corrie went missing on September 24 in the early hours of the morning.
“Corrie is a very fit, healthy, active young man.
“That’s part of the reason why we are so concerned about the fact that he’s gone missing.”
He added that Corrie was part of a close family and it was highly unusual that he would not get in contact with them or his friends.
The RAF Honington serviceman was last seen in Bury after a night out with friends from the base.
CCTV images show him to have been outside The Grapes public house at around 3.20am.
Officers believe him to have briefly slept in a doorway before moving on.
At yesterday’s press conference it was said it was not unusual for Corrie to lay down and sleep somewhere after a night out.
However, on this occasion he has not been seen since.
Acting Supt Warner said: “In the early hours of Saturday of Saturday morning he quite simply disappeared and has not made contact with anyone since.”
Witnesses who may have seen Corrie either before or after the time he was captured on CCTV are being urged to come forward to help with the inquiry.
Police are making significant efforts to locate the serviceman including using a specialist police search team, assisted by Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, and RAF personnel.
It was not unknown for Mr McKeague, who takes pride in his fitness and health, to decide to walk the nine miles back to RAF Honington after a night out in Bury.
Acting Supt Warner said: “The search is focused. We are talking about nine miles from Bury St Edmunds to Honington.”
He added places such as Troston and Great Livermere are where search teams have been concentrating their efforts.
Numerous officers are currently trawling through more CCTV and police have been making enquiries such as focusing on his mobile phone records to build a picture of where he could possibly have gone.
Police say at this stage there is nothing to suggest there is any third party involved in Corrie’s disappearance.
His family have said nothing in his behaviour was said to be even remotely unusual.
They have told officers the friends he was with would not be have been able to stop him if Corrie wandered off because it was normal for him to have done it.
Analysis of Corrie’s mobile phone data has found its movement coincided with that of a refuse collection lorry known to have travelled between Bury and Barton Mills after he was last seen.
Although police have yet to find Corrie’s Nokia Lumia they have discovered it moved between the two locations on the morning of his disappearance. The phone has not been used since.
Officers said they are exploring the possibility that the phone may have been lost or discarded. The bin lorry has been seized and is being searched.
The weight of the pick-up has been analysed at it appears the weight of the load was under 15kg. Therefore it is not thought Corrie was with his phone.
However searches were yesterday being carried out between Bury and Barton Mills.
Acting Supt Warner said what police can not tell is whether the phone was with Corrie when the movement was picked up and that the bin lorry is just one line of enquiry. “There are lots of lines of enquiry. Calling it critical would be incorrect.”
Aside from the searches and appeals in Suffolk, Corrie’s uncle has made an appeal on Forces TV, and on Sunday police released images of the exact clothing he is believed to have been wearing at the time of he went missing.
These included a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt and brown suede Timberland boots. Suffolk and Norfolk’s major investigation team has said it has ruled out any link between Corrie’s disappearance and the attempted abduction of an RAF serviceman in Norfolk.
Detective Superintendent Paul Durham, the senior detective in charge of the investigation into what happened in RAF Marham in July, confirmed the inquiry is not being connected to Corrie’s case.
Anyone with information about Corrie’s disappearance is asked to telephone police on 01473 782019.