Corrie McKeague landfill search

The landfill search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague is expected to finish by Christmas.

Mr McKeague was 23 when he was last seen walking through Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in September 2016 after a night out with friends.

It is thought he may have climbed into a waste bin and was taken away by a bin lorry, prompting a five-month search of the landfill site at Milton near Cambridge.

It was initially called off in July after no evidence of his body was found but it resumed again in October in another area of the landfill.

Suffolk Police said the search is "progressing well", with work to continue until mid-December. A police spokeswoman said:

"The search at Milton landfill is progressing well, with continuing review of processes to ensure nothing is missed."

"It is recognised that whilst the designated search area remains the same, timescales are not set in stone and subject to many variables.

"It is currently anticipated that the search may progress through to early-mid December. We continue to engage with the family to keep them fully informed."

It comes after it was announced that Mr McKeague's brother Darroch has proposed to a woman he met while searching for the missing airman a year ago. Leah Mac Marie wrote on Facebook:

"I have never met Corrie but if there was something I could say to him it is that I am looking after his brother the best I can and I forever will."

	Corrie McKeague brother Darroch & fiancee
The couple are planning to be wed next year. Picture: Facebook

A review of Suffolk Police's investigation earlier this year said the force had ''explored all reasonable lines of inquiry''.

Mr McKeague's girlfriend, April Oliver, announced in June that the missing serviceman had become a father with the birth of their daughter.

Mr McKeague, from Fife but based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, was last seen on CCTV at 3.25am on September 24, 2016.

A bin lorry was spotted on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds, around the same time.

It took a route which appeared to coincide with the movements of his phone.

The lorry linked to Mr McKeague's disappearance was initially thought to have collected a 24lb (11kg) load but police said it was later found to be more than 220lb (100kg).

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