Headless body found in suitcase in Derbyshire not missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague, police say

Investigators are looking into the possibility the victim may have been reported missing overseas 

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A dismembered body found in a suitcase in Derbyshire is not that of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague, police have said.

The burned corpse, which had its head and limbs removed, was found by the side of a road in Derbyshire by a member of the public on Monday. 

It raised concerns it could have been that of Mr McKeague, who has been missing since September, when he was last seen on a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds.

However, a Suffolk Police spokesman said: "Following speculation around the discovery of the body of a man in a suitcase in a lay-by in Derbyshire, Suffolk Police can confirm officers have been in contact with Derbyshire Constabulary and have confirmed that the body found is not that of Corrie McKeague."

The identity of the male body is still unknown - DNA recovered from it has found no match on the national database.

It has been established the victim was white or light-skinned and was aged under 50-years-old.

Police are exploring the possibility that he was reported missing overseas and are working with Europol as part of the investigation into the man’s identity. 

They are also appealing to anyone who may have been in the area when the body was dumped, which they believe to have taken place on Sunday night. Once witness has already come forward and said they saw a fire on Sunday close to where the body was discovered. 

Extra officers are still patrolling the area, popular with ramblers and dog walkers, to reassure the public.

Meanwhile, the missing person’s enquiry into Corrie McKeague is still ongoing. Officers said there had been no positive sightings of him on CCTV despite an extensive search.

Mr McKeague is believed to have been wearing a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt and brown suede Timberland boots at the time of his disappearance.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in and of medium build, with short light brown hair.