Cost of Corrie Mckeague investigation exceeds £1million

PUBLISHED: 10:56 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 08 May 2017

Corrie McKeague

Corrie McKeague


The search to find missing airman Corrie Mckeague has cost Suffolk police more than £1million to date.

The 23-year-old from RAF Honington went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds more than seven months ago and all efforts to discover what happened to him are so far inconclusive.

He was last spotted on CCTV at 3.24am on September 24 entering the horseshoe-shaped area opposite Short Brackland, behind the Greggs and Superdrug businesses.

Police believe he may have ended up in a bin lorry that collected rubbish from the Greggs bakery and took it to the landfill site at Milton, near Cambridge.

A large-scale search began on March 6 and officers have now cleared 3,000 tonnes of waste on the site.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said the total spend on the investigation so far is estimated to be more than £1m.

She said: “The total spent on the investigation above and beyond staffing costs is currently around £544,250.

“With an estimation of staffing costs, including salaries, overtime and specialist resources included in the total, over £1 million has been spent on the investigation to date.”

This is one of the most expensive investigations conducted by Suffolk police.

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