The Unsolved Disappearance Of Corrie McKeague (2016) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
On the 24th of September in 2016, 23 year old Corrie McKeague went missing from the Burry St.Edmonds area in Suffolk, England. Corrie was born in Perth, Scotland in 1993, but he was raised in a place called Cupar which is around 22 miles driving from Perth. When Corrie was 9, his parents divorced and him, his two brothers, and his mother all moved to a place named Dunfermline which was where his mother raised him and his brothers. After graduating high school, Corrie joined the RAF in 2013. Corrie was a senior aircraft gunner as well as a medic. Five months before Corrie’s disappearance, Corrie started dating a woman named April Oliver who actually turned out to be pregnant with his child at the time of his disappearance. However, she did not find out until after Corrie’s disappearance. April said that their relationship wasn’t official, and this makes sense because Corrie was on various dating apps and always going out with other women.
On the night of his disappearance, Corrie had plans to hang out at Bury St.Edmunds with a few of his RAF friends because they had the weekend off and so he was planning to have a good time with his friends that night. He actually missed his lift with his friends from RAF Huntington into town so he had to drive himself which he did around 10:00pm. Around this time, he also called his brother, Derek, and chatted to him for a while as he pre-drank in his car. Corrie joined his friends at around 10:50pm which is when they went to a few different bars and had a good time, before going to a nightclub called “Flex” at 12:30pm. This was their last stop and they were quite drunk by this stage. Corrie, especially, was so drunk that the club’s manager actually told him that he thinks Corrie has had too much to drink and that he should leave. Corrie agreed and he stumbled out whilst his friends were still at the nightclub.
Some of Corrie’s movements after he left the nightclub are caught on footage, and his first step after he left was a place called “Pizza Mamma Mia” which was about 500 meters away and this was where he ordered two burgers, one kebab and chips. Corrie’s friends said that it wasn’t unusual for Corrie to drift off by himself after a night of clubbing, get some food, and then see them the next day. At 1:20am, he was seen on security footage walking down the street, passed a bunch of bars, and stopping in front of a place called “Hughes” which is an electrical store. This was where he sat down, ate his food, and then fell asleep. Eventually, someone who was passing by stopped and tapped him to see if he was fine. At 3:00am, he woke up and sent a text to a friend, and then walked into a dead end street and then walked into a place called “The Horseshoe.” This is the last footage of Corrie, which is strange because it is impossible to leave this area without being caught by the cameras.
It wasn’t until the 26th of September that Corrie was reported missing, since they had the weekend off and his friends assumed that he was just busy with his weekend plans or was recovering from a hangover. However, when he didn’t show up on the Monday, this was when Corrie’s friends became extremely worried since it wasn’t like Corrie to not show up for work since he loved his job and would never miss a day off. After Corrie was reported missing, there was a large search sent out to look for him. There were volunteers, investigators, and people also searched ditches incase he fell into one. Unfortunately, nothing was found and there were zero traces, no suspects, and no evidence to support any theory. This was when investigators started looking into Corrie’s phone records to locate where he was or find out what his movements had been after 3:00am. His phone showed that it was in the vicinity of Barton Mills which is 12 miles or 32 kilometers away from the Horseshoe, and apparently it got from point A to point B in under 30 minutes which is impossible to walk in. Therefore, investigators realized that Corrie had to have been in some sort of vehicle to get from point A to point B. Then, at 8:00am, Corrie’s phone stopped transmitting which either meant that it had been destroyed, turned off, or had died.
In the CCTV footage, police were actually able to identify a garbage truck which emptied all the bins from the Horseshoe area. It was one of about five vehicles that had gone into the Horseshoe area at around the time that Corrie went missing. When they tracked the truck’s route, it went straight to a recycling dump in Barton Mills at around the same time as Cory’s phone. Therefore, people thought that maybe he fell asleep on top or inside of one of the garbage bins, and that the garbage truck picked up the bin, he got crushed on the way in, and then it dropped him at a landfill all without the driver even knowing since the driver can’t see what’s going on inside of the truck. Corrie’s friends also said that it wasn’t unusual for Corrie to sleep on top of these garbage bins, and that he would frequently do it after a night of clubbing. Furthermore, the truck had a weighing device and on the 24th of September, it weighed 116 kilos which is extremely heavy as most of the time it would only weigh 20 to 30 kilos. It wasn’t until February of 2017 that police decided to search the landfill that Corrie’s phone was pinned at and the landfill that the truck had gone to that night. By the end of the search, they had looked through 9,400 tonnes of landfill. They started to find receipts from the day that he had disappeared, but had no sign of Corrie. They also searched the garbage bins and the garbage trucks, but there was no evidence of Corrie there either.
Corrie chose to disappear and start his life over
Corrie got a lift from someone and they abducted or murdered him.
Corrie is somewhere in the landfill.
Which theory do I believe?
I am certain that Corrie McKeague is somewhere in the landfill. It seems too much of a coincidence to me that his phone was tracked and then located to be in the Barton Mills area, which is exactly where the garbage truck had gone to that night. I also think the fact that Corrie’s receipts were found inside the landfill is strong evidence to suggest that the garbage truck accidentally picked Corrie up and dumped him inside of the landfill.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. WHERE IS CORRIE MCKEAGUE? YouTube, YouTube, 29 Nov. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KF5xgKe-E.