The bones found in two garbage bags in a river in Suffolk are not those of missing RAF soldier Corrie McKeague, his mother said.
Nicola Urquhart said she had tried to ‘keep a sensible head’ when police could not assure her that the human remains found in the River Stour in Sudbury last Thursday did not belong to her son.
But she said Suffolk police have since contacted her to say the remains are not Mr. McKeague, who was last seen four years ago.
Ms. Urquhart wrote on the Find Corrie Facebook page, “We don’t know who this person is, but we do know it’s someone’s son or daughter and they’ll be devastated.
“I hope and pray that Suffolk MIT will be able to identify who this person is to the family that has been left behind.
“However, please note that although I am writing this as Corrie’s mom, and I now know this is not my son, it is a murder investigation, if anyone knows anything, was nearby at the time, camera footage or dashcam footage please contact Suffolk MIT. “
Mr McKeague, from Dunfermline, Fife, was 23 when he disappeared on a night out in Bury St Edmunds, about 15 miles north of Sudbury, on September 24, 2016.
He was stationed at RAF Honington and no trace of him has been found.
Suffolk police said a post-mortem investigation of the bones found in Sudbury had been completed on Sunday but “failed to establish any form of identification or cause of death.”
Police said further tests are now taking place, adding that this will be a “lengthy process.” Expert analysis of the remains is continuing and some initial forensic results have been received, police said.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Brown, Senior Investigating Officer in the Sudbury case, said: “ Detailed forensics of the remains are continuing and although progress is being made every day as we have said before, this will be a long and painstaking process . as we strive to establish the victim’s identity. “
Officers who conducted door-to-door investigations have spoken to residents of more than 100 properties to date, and more than 140 witnesses have come forward to assist.
The investigation into Mr. McKeague’s disappearance was turned over to cold case investigators in 2018.
Suffolk police said the “most likely scenario” is that Corrie went into a garbage can that was emptied into a truck and ended up in the waste process.