Missing airman Corrie McKeague is likely to have died after falling asleep in a bin that was collected by Biffa and taken to a Suffolk landfill site, police have concluded.
The RAF Regiment gunner was 23 when he vanished in Bury St Edmunds after a night out with friends in 2016.
Police have now established that a bin collected the following day from an area known as the Horseshoe behind a branch of baker Greggs weighed 116kg, far more than what would be expected.
A Suffolk Police officer said: ”We attended the Biffa head office. The purpose of this meeting was to clarify the interpretation of the Biffa waste data that had been formally presented to police.
“As the [investigating officer], I am now completely satisfied that the data provided by Biffa can be relied upon, as can the 116kg recorded weight of the Greggs bin collected on 24.9.16.
“This investigation has found no other reasonable explanation for that unusually high bin weight. So, when this data is considered alongside the other evidence held within this enquiry, it confirms and consolidates my view that the preferred outcome and finding of this investigation is that during the early hours of 24 September 2016, Corrie came to be in the bin that was collected by the Biffa lorry and was transported away from the Horseshoe area to Red Lodge transfer station.”
A police statement when the main investigation was stood down as fruitless last spring said the Milton landfill site had been searched in the 14ha plot being used at the time to take waste.
The case’s closure came soon after Merseyside company B&M Waste launched a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of people sleeping in bins, directed mostly at rough sleepers. The industry formerly ran the ’People in Bins’ campaign on the issue.