As search teams comb countryside and woodland in a bid to find RAF gunner Corrie McKeague, his mother has said that she has pretty much given up hope of him being discovered alive. Mr McKeague disappeared in mysterious circumstances while on a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in September last year.
His desperate mother Nicola Urguhart organised an independent search for her 23 year old son in woodland close to where he vanished. However, while she said she had to think that there was a chance he could have been kidnapped and that he may still be alive, she said she knew that she was looking for a body. She added: “It is very difficult, but it needs to be done. I’ve got to look for him. I’ve got to try and find him.”
Mrs Urquhart, who works as a Police Scotland family liaison officer, managed to put together a team of 140 people to conduct a day-long search focused on the area where Mr McKeague’s mobile phone signal was last picked up. The team included five cadaver dogs, who are specially trained to find dead bodies. However, there has still been no trace whatsoever of the serviceman.
His disappearance has confounded police as CCTV picked him up going into a horseshoe-shaped area in the town centre, but he was not seen leaving again, despite the fact that it would have been impossible for him to walk more than a few yards without being picked up by another camera.
She said that she accepted it was impossible for the police to carry out searches in “every single area” but insisted that she was working in partnership with the Suffolk force, and that she was lucky to have such a strong team of supporters willing to help. The search is the second one organised by Mr McKeague’s increasingly desperate family.