Bishop's Stortford law firm Tees in quest to solve mystery of disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague
Bishop's Stortford-based Tees Law will advise and support the family of an RAF gunner at an inquest aimed at solving the mystery of his disappearance four years ago.
Scottish-born Corrie McKeague, 23, the father of a young daughter, went missing when he failed to return to his base at RAF Honington in Suffolk after an evening out in Bury St Edmunds, ten miles away, in the early hours of September 24, 2016.
His anguished mother, Nicola Urquhart, and her solicitors at Tees Law hope that the inquest – which was ordered on Thursday (November 5) by the Chief Coroner, despite no body being found – will provide answers about what took place. It is scheduled to be held at Ipswich Coroner’s Court early next year.
CCTV footage last pictured Corrie in a bin area behind shops in Bury St Edmunds. His mobile phone was tracked by masts along a route between Bury and a landfill near Barton Mills, which led investigators to search the site twice in an unsuccessful quest to establish whether he had been carried off on a waste lorry.
Police were initially reluctant to search the site for Corrie's remains because a bin lorry that had travelled that route at that time had been estimated to have been carrying a load of only 15kg (33lb). In March 2017, however, police discovered that the lorry had a significantly larger weight; more than 100kg (220lb).
Other investigations and multiple appeals for information about his disappearance were inconclusive.
Suffolk Constabulary has spent more than £2.1m investigating the disappearance, making it one of the most expensive missing persons investigations the force has conducted. The search for Corrie was stood down in March 2018.
But his mother remained determined to piece together what happened and has now appointed Tees Law to help her press for answers.
Craig Knightley, an inquest specialist with the firm, said: “Corrie’s mother wishes to ensure that all the right questions are asked and answered as fully as possible at the inquest.
“The inquest will be an opportunity to bring together the various strands of investigation and Tees Law will be supporting the family throughout what will be an emotional, but we hope fruitful, process for them.
“We shall be doing our utmost to assist the investigation in exploring every aspect of this tragic case, so that all relevant circumstances are put before the coroner to enable important conclusions to be drawn.
“After four years, Corrie’s family are still looking for answers and we will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all the facts on the family’s behalf.”