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Corrie McKeague’s mother says she ‘continues to wait for phone call’ in landfill search for son

The search operation for missing airman Corrie McKeague at the Milton Landfill site in Cambridgeshire. Pictures: GREGG BROWN

The search operation for missing airman Corrie McKeague at the Milton Landfill site in Cambridgeshire. Pictures: GREGG BROWN

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she “continues to wait for the phone call” as the search for her son goes on.

Corrie's mother Nicola Urquhart. Picture: Andy Abbott. Corrie's mother Nicola Urquhart. Picture: Andy Abbott.

Nicola Urquhart, 48, posted a detailed social media update on the search of the Cambridgeshire landfill site, where officers have been working for the past 17 weeks.

Specialist officers continue to comb the site in Milton for a sign of the 23-year-old, who was last seen on September 24 in Bury St Edmunds after a night out in the town.

His Nokia Lumia phone pinged the Barton Mills mast a short time after he was last seen on CCTV.

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Updating followers in the Find Corrie Facebook group on Sunday, Mrs Urquhart said: “On one side the rubbish is still being found with dates and locations to show they are still in the correct area so they are slowly working their way back to the edges of the entire cell.

April Oliver and Corrie McKeague together. Photo from April Oliver April Oliver and Corrie McKeague together. Photo from April Oliver

“The area they are searching is still the same depth as the middle of the cell as they are nowhere near the edges yet – which means this will take far longer to search than I first understood.

“Due to the rubbish that is being found, if Corrie is in this landfill he could literally be found tomorrow. So we continue to wait for the phone call.

“The police will continue to search this area of the landfill until they either find Corrie or the rubbish starts clearly and consistently showing it has gone back too far in date ranges, this is why no completion date can be given as this is reviewed daily/weekly.

“Our thanks to the individual officers carrying this task out is immeasurable, I pray this search comes to an end for them and us soon.”

Nicola Urquhart and April Oliver with the scan photo of Corrie McKeague's baby - Photo courtesy of BBC Look East Nicola Urquhart and April Oliver with the scan photo of Corrie McKeague's baby - Photo courtesy of BBC Look East

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “We have been finding things with those dates on throughout the search.

“While we are still finding things with the dates on, the search will continue.”

The update comes after the RAF serviceman’s girlfriend April Oliver, from Fincham, in Norfolk, announced the birth of their baby via social media on Father’s Day.

Miss Oliver announced her pregnancy in January, four months after Corrie vanished.

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