Police are releasing CCTV images of potential witnesses as work continues to trace missing Corrie McKeague.
All of the images show individuals in Bury St Edmunds town centre between 3.15am and 5.20am who have not yet been traced. Police are releasing the images after carrying out work to try and identify all of those who were in the area around the crucial time that Corrie went missing, as part of ongoing enquiries to find out what happened to him.
All of those pictured are potential witnesses who may have information that can assist and police are urging them to come forward. Officers are also asking anyone with information about who they are to get in touch.
Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott is appealing for those pictured to come forward.
“Officers have trawled through hundreds of hours of CCTV images and then carried out considerable work to identify everyone who was in the area around the time that Corrie disappeared. As you’ll see from the images, some are of better quality than others, but it is important that we identify everyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday 24 September, as someone could, unknowingly, hold a clue that can help us find Corrie. It should be stressed that these are just potential witnesses and it’s possible they may not be aware that they may be able to assist but we are trying to rule out possibilities and therefore we do need to speak to you.
“It has been a painstaking process first to go through the footage – hundreds of hours worth – and then to identify those in the area. All the work we have done is being checked and re-checked and this remains a complex enquiry, which we continue to work on to progress so we can find Corrie and give his family the answers they need.”
With regards to the ongoing investigation Detective Superintendent Katie Elliot said;
“Finding Corrie remains a priority for Suffolk Police. We are continuing to investigate his disappearance and our focus remains on locating him and discovering what happened.
“Since he was reported missing thousands of hours of police time have been spent on carrying out hundreds of enquiries, including searches, comprehensive analysis of CCTV footage, and background work to see if any other factors may have been involved in his disappearance.
“Suffolk Police have been supported by a range of other organisations and agencies – including the RAF and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue – to carry out this work and to review everything that has been done to try to ensure nothing has been missed. A number of experts external to Suffolk Constabulary have gone over the case and the work that has been done by Suffolk officers and specialists to ensure all possibilities are fully investigated.
“This remains an ongoing process. The detailed work done around CCTV alone has seen repeated viewings to see if Corrie can be spotted in any further images, to see who was in the area at the time and to track everyone there through the town. Extensive work has then been done to identify all those individuals, to trace them and talk to them.
“A large area in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas has been searched and a considerable amount of work has been carried out behind the scenes. This is a complex and comprehensive investigation, and police officers are carefully and closely examining all possibilities.
“We want to find Corrie and we have committed time, resources and effort to do this. The resources needed are reviewed by a chief officer on a weekly basis who will draw in the necessary staff according to the needs of the investigation.
“Our work will continue and we would like to thank all of those who have provided support and assistance to date.
“We would ask anyone with information that may help this investigation to call the incident room on 01473 782019 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.”