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Funds and McKenzie Intelligence Services – Update 30th January 2017

The Fundraising that was organized by members of the Find Corrie 💙 group, which raised £53,100 (approximately £49,000 after Just Giving take their fee) is being administrated by a professionally certified Accountancy firm, which is not paid for from the funds donated, as previously committed to by me (Tony Wringe).

The expenditure to date is as follows (approximate as I don’t have the monthly report yet):

  • Travel & associated incidentals (Nicola, Darroch & Makeyan) – £1,200
  • IT, Telephony (Reward phones credit), Printing, Catering (Search Day) – £1,800
  • McKenzie Intelligence Services – £13,200

Total Expenditure to date is approximately £16,200 (with approx. £33,000 remaining).

McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS):

In the last update I told you that “I was delighted…to secure the services of an Elite team of specialists (some of whom are colleagues from the organization I used to work with) to support our efforts to find Corrie.”

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Nicola, myself and the rest of the family to reaffirm our thanks to Forbes and his team at MIS (6 of them have spent time working on this so far) and who have brought a unique level of capability to our search, in respect to all-source collection and collation methods and analytics. Their global reputation for data and imagery analytics, including proof of life investigative experience is well deserved. As former colleagues of mine, they are treating this search very personally and have undertaken this work at a fraction of their standard fees, for which we are incredibly grateful.

Subject to standard Police operational protocols, the MIS team are in direct communication with the Suffolk Police MIT team and are sharing their intelligence product with them, for which the Detective Inspector in charge of the Investigation has passed on his personal thanks and appreciation.

What are MIS doing?

They are focusing on the Collection & Collation activities, in support of the MIT investigation work. This is why we brought in an Intelligence Services organization to begin with, not a Private Investigator (which we may yet do – although we would only use one that does not sell stories to the national gutter press!). The first task was not to investigate – Suffolk Police have that capability; what was needed was structured information and a collection plan to fill any identified gaps.

I’ve shared the ‘Intelligence Cycle’ in previous updates – the process by which you turn information into intelligence.

  • Collection
  • Collation
  • Interpretation (Assessment)
  • Communication

One of the significant challenges we recognized early on was a lack of resources to collect and collate all of the available information. The highest priority early on is to collect as much of the available raw information as possible and to isolate any items of forensic interest:

  • CCTV
  • Witness Sightings
    Door Knocks/leaflet drops
  • Immediate area searches
    Wider area sightings
  • SIGINT (telephone and data communication records)
  • Vehicle sightings/details
  • Bins

We were being contacted by a lot of people saying they had tried to contact 101 or the incident number but either got no reply or nobody ever called them back. We also suddenly started receiving a lot of information via the FB page that needed to be collected and collated, but the Police did not have the capability or availability to do so.

There were a number of unanswered questions on people/places/events etc. that could not be answered because the chronology and relationships were not established. As a result of this gap, ‘intelligence based’ decisions were not being made, which reduces efficiency and prioritization.

The first thing that MIS have done is to create a geo-spatial map, using a military grade intelligence system. The easiest way I can describe this is for those who are unfamiliar, is for you to picture an A3 map of the UK lying flat on a table; you can zoom in and out of the map from 1 metre to the whole planet.
On top of that you then overlay a transparent page, upon which is plotted each location and time that Corrie is known to have been at that evening – but you can play this sequence on top of the map as you zoom around.
On top of that you add another transparent page, upon which you plot all of the CCTV, with their arcs, rotations etc. – again, you can ‘play’ the rotations, but now relative to where Corrie is at any given moment.

You can then add another layer showing where individuals or groups of people, vehicles etc. etc. As many layers as you like.

You can then play or hide as many of those filtered layers at a time as you like – building up a geo-spatial map that allows you to then look at sightings in time and location to see if there could be a pattern, or to see where people and events are relative to each other.

This map shows us what we know.  It also indicates what we don’t.  From that we build a collection plan to use whatever other ‘collection’ capabilities we have at our disposal, such as surveillance, human intelligence, technical capabilities etc. to fill the blanks.

As a result of the work the team have been doing, we have already been able to challenge some of the previously held assumptions of what could or could not have happened. We now have new areas where we realise we do or do not know something relevant, such as the fact that Corrie DID meet up with his RAF mates in town; he did go into SO Bar and Wetherspoons with them. We know that he did go into Flex with at least one of his mates and we now also know more about the circumstances in which he left Flex and whilst outside Mama Mia’s. This in turn has lead us to a ‘Collection’ plan in respect to a recent event at one of these venues which may have relevance to Corrie’s disappearance.

We now also know that the previously reported telephone/data communications account is not entirely accurate, which introduces other possibilities; Corrie did not use his telephone in the time he was in the doorway at Hughes, contrary to previous reports/assumptions – it is therefore unlikely an alarm was set to wake him, casting doubt on a planned meeting at a given time.

We have collated information which brings into question the time and location of a previously discounted individual, as well as 3 local men in a group and 2 other individuals who were also previously unidentified in the Horseshoe area.

Imagery analysis that the team has undertaken has conclusively eliminated a number of individuals who some people were trying to assert was Corrie exiting the Horseshoe in a change of clothes.

Other imagery analysis work continues which is beyond that which would be normally available in such a case.

This is what I can share; there is more I cannot. The team continue to work hard to support the MIT investigation by trying to improve the coherence of the original information that is available.