THE mother of missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has asked for an end to speculation that a body found 100 miles away could be that of her son.
The remains were found by the side of the M40 in Buckinghamshire on Saturday and internet users were quick to speculate that Corrie, 23, might have been found.
Corrie disappeared four months ago on a night out in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, which is at least a two-hour drive away.
Posting on the Finding Corrie Facebook page last night (TUE), Nicola Urquhart from Dunfermline, Fife said: “To all those sending links to the M40 for the human remains found.
“There is nothing to initially suggest this is corrie, DNA is being checked, this will take a little time.
“There will be an update provided when possible, please remember, this is somebody’s child so please don’t put any posts up in relation to this.”
Mrs Urquhart immediately turned off commenting on the post so that no messages could be added.
A message posted directly to her Facebook page stated: “Hello Nicola, I am really sorry to bother you but have you heard from or spoken to anyone at Thames Valley Police today? They found something that you should look into. Hopefully, I am wrong but hopefully they can rule Corrie out.”
Thames Valley launched an investigation after human remains were found in undergrowth near High Wycombe.
Members of the public were trying to find a dog they had spotted running towards the busy motorway when they discovered the body.
On Sunday a blue tent was erected on the path next to a slip road leading to the M40.
Mr McKeague vanished while on a night out with friends on September 24.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said today (TUE): “There’s nothing to suggest it’s Corrie at this stage but obviously we have to wait for DNA results from Thames Valley Police.”
A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said they couldn’t comment at this stage but said that an update on the situation would be given later on this afternoon.
This afternoon Thames Valley Police released a statement in which they revealed the body is that of a male and that his death is not thought to be suspicious.
Detective Inspector Simone Marples said: “A post mortem was held yesterday (Mon) but the cause of death was inconclusive so more tests will be carried out.
“We are still working hard to identify the person so we can inform any next of kin, however it has now been established that it is the body of a male.
“We are reviewing our missing people database as well as liaising with the local community, other police forces and partners to establish who the person is.
“The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious at this stage of the investigation.
“A scenewatch remains at the scene while we carry out further work in the area but the road is fully open.”