Corrie McKeague: missing gunner's family fears the worst

He works as a traffic dispatcher for Biffa waste management and has been bailed until next month.

The search of the landfill site will take six to 10 weeks, covering around 920 square metres up to a depth of eight metres, police said.

He was told he will not face charges after detectives concluded he was not hiding information, police said.

The detective heading up the search, Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott, insisted today she would not call the mistaken weight of a bin during the investigation an "oversight".

"'There was no intention to mislead the investigation, however our discovery, through persisting with this through our inquiries and evidence gathering, now puts a new emphasis on the search". He was last seen on CCTV walking into a horseshoe-shaped area in Brentgovel Street, with no sign of him emerging.

Waste was collected from there just hours later and its route appeared to coincide with the movements of Corrie's phone.

March 7, 2017: Police revealed the weight of a bin lorry linked to the investigation was mistaken recorded as more than 180lb lighter than it actually was.

Martin, a former binman for Perth and Kinross Council, said: "Honestly, it was like staring into a little piece of hell".

"That was the one thing that was trying to keep me believing Corrie could still be alive".

"I know all about what happens to the contents of a bin when it is tipped into the lorry, what happens to make the rubbish more compressed in the back of the truck and how it is emptied at a landfill holding site".

"It's haunting to think Corrie may have been in one of those bins, what may have happened".

Corrie's mum Nicola Urquhart has said there's a "good possibility" of finding him at the landfill site.

"What we know is that he's not left on foot, he's not still in there now, so he's left in a vehicle".

'The true weight can really devastatingly only mean one thing, ' wrote Mrs Urquhart.

'We need to find Corrie and then hopefully we might get some answers.

Corrie's dad Martin McKeague and his wife Trisha have travelled to the landfill site as the search is conducted.

November 15, 2016: Police close part of the A14 while officers carry out a roadside search.

"We've been agonising over this day since it became the strongest line of enquiry into Corrie's disappearance".

"I was so sure, because of what the police have said to us, that he couldn't go through that process".

Detectives now believe the man made a genuine mistake and the new information means focus has switched to a local landfill site.

  • Zachary Reyes