Police searching for missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague are making a direct appeal to trace three young people who were in Short Brackland in Bury St Edmunds on the morning of his disappearance to come forward.
The three – all said to be aged between around 16 to 18, one a female described as being white, of quite slim build, possibly with blonde hair, wearing either a dark green or navy blue jumper-style top, and two males, one wearing a hooded top – were seen in this area of Bury St Edmunds, towards the back of Cornhill Walk shopping centre, around 4.20am on Saturday 24 September.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the town centre who may have seen Corrie. From information received as a result of ongoing enquiries there is a possibility that these three may have seen Corrie in the area after the last confirmed sighting of 3.20am and officers are urging them to get in touch.
While there is nothing to suggest they are involved in his disappearance in any way they may have information that can help progress the enquiry.
Temporary Superintendent Kim Warner said; “We should reassure them that we just wish to speak to them as potential witnesses at this stage. We appreciate that getting in touch with police may be intimidating but we do need to speak to you. At this stage in the investigation we just need to talk to anyone who may have seen Corrie during his night out so we can build a picture. We need to find him and a number of enquiries are being carried out to do this but we know, from CCTV images that we have already viewed, that he engaged with a number of people during his evening out.
“We have had several calls but still need to talk to anyone who may have seen him or spoken to him during the early hours.”
Searches and CCTV work is continuing with officers keen for anyone who may have seen Corrie to get in touch. He was wearing distinctive light clothing – a pink polo shirt and white jeans or trousers – and, from CCTV, was friendly and interacting with a number of people during the course of the evening.
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 01473 782019.