RAF airman Corrie McKeague was troubled by the death of a friend but would never have climbed into the bin, her emotional mother says – Reuters News in France and abroad

MISSING Corrie McKeague had a ‘significant problem with excessive drinking’ after a pal died as a teenager, but had ‘never’ slept in a bin before, an inquest has heard.

The RAF machine gunner, 23, has not been seen since a night out in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk on September 24, 2016.

Corrie McKeague disappeared at a party in 2016Credit: PA: Press Association

Police believe Corrie climbed into a dumpster which was then tipped into a garbage truck.

An inquest heard today how the airman, who was stationed at RAF Honington, experienced ‘major events’ which shaped his life.

This included his parents’ separation when he was ten and the tragic discovery of his best friend’s body.

The hearing was told Corrie was just 15 when he found her friend on a track after she was killed instantly by a train.

His father, Martin McKeague, said it led to him developing a “significant problem with excessive drinking”.

He added, “During his teenage years, it took a toll on his emotional well-being and mired many of his relationships.

“After a visit to my home town of Cupar in 2016 shortly before he disappeared, I again had to tell him about it.

“We argued over it. »

He said the tragic discovery was a “terrible shock” and believes Corrie never “really got over it”.

But Martin, who last spoke with his son on his birthday, September 16, when he sent her the money, said he did not believe Corrie was “suicidal”.

The inquest also heard a statement from the shooter’s mother, Nicola Urquhart, who said the tragedy had a “huge impact” on Corrie.

She revealed her son had been prescribed antidepressants in the past, but was “back to his usual joy” in 2015.

Nicola added: “There was no suggestion that Corrie had any issues or concerns at the time of her disappearance. »

MYSTERY CORRIE

The inquest was told Corrie would ‘regularly lose her phone or wallet on nights out’ but ‘was never aggressive’.

The mum also said she believed her son ‘never slept in a bin and never climbed into a bin to sleep’.

Her brother Darroch McKeague has confirmed Corrie is due to return to Scotland for Halloween and is “looking forward” to a night out.

The night he disappeared, Corrie had been drinking a “significant amount of alcohol”, the hearing heard.

His final movements were tracked on CCTV before the last sighting at 3.25am on September 24 as he entered a horseshoe-shaped area in Brentgovel Street.

Despite a massive police investigation and search, Corrie remains missing.

The investigation is continuing.

Corrie was last seen at 3.25am on September 24Credit: PA: Press Association
Despite a massive hunt, no trace of missing Corrie has ever been found
Despite a massive hunt, no trace of missing Corrie has ever been found
His mother and brother Nicola Urquhart and Darroch McKeague submitted statements to the inquest
His mother and brother Nicola Urquhart and Darroch McKeague submitted statements to the inquestCredit: PA: Press Association

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RAF airman Corrie McKeague was troubled by the death of a friend but would never have climbed into the bin, her emotional mother says – Reuters News in France and abroad

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