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Police search for group sat with Corrie McKeague at pizza takeaway on night of disappearance

PUBLISHED: 17:37 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:46 25 October 2016

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

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Suffolk police officers are attempting to trace a group seen talking to Corrie McKeague at a pizza takeaway on the night of his disappearance.

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark WestleySuffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Around 1.15am – 1.30am on Saturday 24 September Corrie bought takeaway food at Pizza Mama Mia in St Andrews Street North before walking off towards Brentgovel Street, as seen on the first CCTV images issued by police.

In the takeaway, the missing 23-year-old went to sit with a group of people, who police are yet to identify.

The group included a man described as black, wearing a distinctive black T-shirt with ‘Death’, the Roman numerals ‘LXXVIII’ and the number ‘78’ in large white letters on the rear and a white motif on the front.

He appears to be shorter than Corrie, under around 5ft 10ins tall, and had short dark hair.

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark WestleySuffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

The man left the takeaway with Corrie, before Corrie is seen on CCTV images previously released walking on his own towards Brentgovel Street.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said there is no indication that there was any contact after this, but officers are urging the group to come forward.

It is understood they were the last known people to have spoken to Corrie.

Meanwhile, specialist RAF search and rescue officers have joined the hunt for clues as to Corrie’s disappearance.

The RAF teams will join police and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue volunteers to carry out line searching of wooded areas on the possible route Corrie may have tried to walk home.

Police officers will continue working behind the scenes to find corrie including continued examination of CCTV footage to see if there are any clues of his whereabouts.

Despite an extensive investigations and weeks of searching, there remains no positive sighting of Corrie since 3.20am on Saturday September 24.

The 23-year-old had been out for the evening in Bury St Edmunds and is known to have spoken to a number of people during his night out.

Police are urging anyone who was in the area at the time, even if they think they didn’t see anything, to get in touch as the smallest piece of information could help.

People who have recently come forward include people who were driving in the area in the early hours – between 3am and 6am – who, although they hadn’t seen Corrie, have given information that has allowed officers to narrow down the search.

Therefore anyone who was in the area may have information that can assist.

Anyone who may have been out in the Bury St Edmunds, Honington or Barton Mills area between 3am and 6am on Saturday September 24 or anyone with information that may help should call the incident room on 01473 782019.

See update on the search for the group seen talking to Corrie in the pizza takeaway here

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