Then he disappears into a cobbled loading area immediately behind a branch of the High Street bakery Greggs.It’s 3.25am on Saturday, September 24, 2016, and these grainy CCTV images (circulated by Suffolk Police) show the last known movements of 23-year-old serviceman Corrie Mc Keague.
This week, the plot thickened when it emerged that Mc Keague (who had been described by relatives as ‘happily single’) is to become a father: a 21-year-old local woman called April Oliver told the BBC that she is not only his girlfriend, but is four months pregnant with his child. And where are the clues that might solve his disappearance?Sometime later (the police won’t say exactly when), mobile data records his phone was in the vicinity of Barton Mills, a town 12 miles north-west of Bury.It was moving at a speed consistent to that of a vehicle, police say.A young man in a pink shirt, with hands buried in the pockets of his fashionable white jeans, strolls jauntily through the centre of the cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds.He stops, looks around, and decides to turn right, past a couple of hanging baskets.
At roughly 8am, the phone stopped transmitting, suggesting it had either run out of battery, been turned off, or destroyed. The search initially focused on speculation that he had tried to walk the eight miles back to his airbase, with police saying: ‘He’s known to go on nights out with his friends and make his way back to wherever he’s based on foot.’A major search and rescue operation was mounted, with teams scouring miles of rural verges amid fears that he might have either fallen into a ditch, or been thrown into one after being hit by a vehicle. Once CCTV began to be fully analysed, however, it became apparent that the chances of him having wandered out of Bury undetected were extremely remote.