19:58 07 October 2016
The mother of missing serviceman Corrie McKeague has spoke of her anguish as two week’s pass without any new information on his whereabouts.
Nicola Urquhart said they are not giving up hope, but stated unequivocally that her 23-year-old son has not decided to go AWOL and that something must have happened to stop him getting back home from a night out in Bury St Edmunds.
The RAF Regiment gunner, from Fife in Scotland, has been based at RAF Honington, Suffolk, for three years this month and regularly went out with friends in Bury, about ten miles away.
He has not been seen since around 3.20am on Saturday September 24, when he was recorded on CCTV outside The Grapes pub on Brentgovel Street, Bury.
For all of our coverage and the key facts concerning Corrie McKeague go here
In an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times today, Nicola Urquhart, a police officer in Scotland, said: “It has been absolutely awful, but we are trying to cope with each day as it comes.”
She added: “I know people might be thinking: ‘It’s been two weeks and it might not be good News’.
“But if something fabulously fantastic could happen to anybody and he’ll be found after three weeks, it will be Corrie.
“If you can think it, Corrie will have done it. He’s been hit by a car and he’s fallen out of windows, and there’s never been a scratch on him. He always bounces back every single time.”
Nicola, who was talking with Corrie’s brother Darroch McKeague, 21, at her side, said thank you to the hundreds and thousand of people who have taken to social media to try and spread the news.
She said: “It is absolutely amazing, I do really just want to say thank you so much to every single person because it is working.”
She said they are still meeting people in Bury who were unaware of the news, adding: “People keep coming forward so keep sharing keep talking about it, I want everybody to be thinking about my son.
Despite the media appeals and meticulous searching of roads, lanes, fields and railway lines by RAF Police, Suffolk police and volunteers, no new sighting of Corrie has been confirmed in two weeks.
Nicola said: “3.24am on Saturday morning, that was the last confirmed sighting on CCTV of Corrie – there’s been no further information since then because there is none.
“We do not like it, we are desperate for more information but that is it. We do not see Corrie walking out of Bury after 3.24am. Not one single camera, and there is a lot of them, that is why anyone who has anything, any cameras or absolutely anything, any vehicles that you saw, please, please, tell the police.
“We are not giving up. People do not just disappear into thin air.”
Darroch, who is one of three brothers in the close-knit family, said: “Because there is so little information literally anything can help.
“We need everyone to come forward. If people were taking photos when they are on their night out, they need to look in the background, the boy stands out, he is in pink and white and he is not hard to miss even in the dark.
“If there is a cyclist out with a GoPro camera on his head, dashcams in cars, anything at all the police need to know.”
The disappearance is entirely out of character for Corrie, whose RAF comrades in 2 Squadron have become like “brothers” to him.
Nicola said: “Corrie has not decided to just disappear, absolutely not. The RAF did not report Corrie as AWOL, which would be their normal procedure, they immediately reported him as missing and they took this to the highest level as soon as they could because this is not Corrie.
“He left his little puppy in his bedroom, he had plans with Darroch for this weekend, Darroch was coming down to see him, and Corrie has flights booked to go back home.”
“Corrie was in a really good mood, he was chatting to Darroch just before, he was chatting to other people before. He did not just walk away.”
Corrie is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short light brown hair. He was wearing a pink shirt and white trousers.
If you have any information, access to private CCTV in the area, or went out on Friday or in the early hours of Saturday September 24, call the Suffolk police incident room on 01473 782019
Source : EADT