The mother of missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has a theory about what happened to her son when he went missing from a night out in September.
McKeague, an RAF gunner from Dunfermline, Fife, went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, eight miles from his base at RAF Honington last September.
His mother, Nicola Urquhart, a 48-year-old police officer, thinks Corrie, 23, may have been targeted and drugged. After reading Facebook post suggesting foul-play via drugging, Nicola replied: “This is possible. We need to find Corrie to follow that line of enquiry.”
Urquhart suggested the police re-question every witness under caution ‘so that if their stories do not remain the same, something can be done’.
The worried mother said:
I have watched the CCTV of Corrie in the doorway. From him walking in to leaving. Every single second.
When Corrie slept in the door way it wasn’t because he was looking for somewhere to sleep. He slid down the wall he was leaning on. Then fell over on his side. It wasn’t what looked like a conscious decision.
Corrie was seen on CCTV leaving a club at the request of a bouncer and sitting in a doorway. Later he is seen vanishing to an area behind a Greggs. His mobile phone was later geo-located to a landfill site 13 miles away which has been searched by police.
Nicola has been devastated by her son’s disappearance and said: “I’ve cried my heart out and been so broken I didn’t think I could carry on.”
Last month his girlfriend April Oliver, 21, gave birth to their daughter Ellie-Louise.
But I’ve also laughed and enjoyed times with my family. I don’t believe there is a wrong or right way. I just do what feels right for me, my sons and my family each day.
I have the most beautiful little granddaughter who is such a blessing. And I am still so much more fortunate than some. I don’t believe in feeling sorry for myself. That won’t find Corrie.
The brave mother-of-three showed amazing strength, adding: “Like any parent, my children are my world. It’s simply not an option to give up.”
Our thoughts are with Corrie’s family, and let’s hope they get an answer soon.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.