In spite of eight weeks of publicity and appeals for information on missing airman Corrie McKeague, police have confirmed 23 people known to have been in the area when he went missing have still not come forward.
Writing on Facebook, Corrie’s uncle Tony Wringe said: “There are still 23 unidentified people who were there. Somebody knows something.”
Suffolk Police say 39 people have been seen on CCTV in the area of Bury St edmunds’ Brentgovel Street, where 23-year-old Corrie was last seen at 3.24am on September 24, and Short Brackland of whom 16 have been traced and interviewed.
They are now cross referencing the remainder to try to identify them but urge anyone who was in that area of Bury between 3am on September 23 and 8am on Saturday September 24 and who have not spoken to the police to contact them now on 01473 782019.
A spokeswoman said: “They’re just people walking through the town. We need to make sure they didn’t see anything.
“They may have seen something small they think is irrelevant but it could be something crucial to the search.”
Even the fact that they had not seen Corrie in a particular place at a certain time could be important.
Police say they hope to publish descriptions plus pictures of some of the people this week.
Mr Wringe’s post also criticises the prime minister Theresa May for the way funding cuts she made as Home Secretary mean the police do not have the resources they need.
Pointing out that Suffolk police are also investigating two murders, so resources are stretched, Mr Wringe said: “We can all thank our previous Home Secretary for the chronic lack of Police resources – please feel free to write to her or your local MP, the media etc. to share your views on this.
“Wwe’re pretty sure if she had a serviceman in her family and he was missing, there would no shortage of resources to find them and it would be headline news everyday until they did.”
Thanking the police for their work, which he has criticised in the past, he added: “The lack of resources as a result of chronic under-funding across the public sector is the root cause of all of the issues we’ve experienced so far.
“It seems wrong that our Government can spend £4 billion to renovate the palatial Parliamentary building that our MP’s call their office, but we can’t pay for the basic tools our police officers need to be able to do their job.”
If you have information or were in that part of town at the time, call the incident room on 01473 782019.
You can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can download a PDF of the police Corrie appeal poster to print and display here.