The mom of a serviceman who has been missing for six months has revealed the detail police missed as they investigated her son's disappearance.
Corrie McKeague, 23, has not been seen since he vanished while on a night out with friends in Suffolk, England, on September 24 last year.
It's feared the Royal Air Force airman fell inside a bin before being taken to a landfill — and searchers are now attempting to locate his body at the site.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post on a page dedicated to finding Corrie, his mom, Nicola Urquhart, said a mix-up with the weight of the bin delayed the investigation.
Initially, the bin was dismissed as a potential clue, as its weight was listed as 24 lbs — but it turns out it actually weighed more than 180 lbs.
She asked people not to speculate, adding, “Each second waiting to find Corrie is torture enough.”
Meanwhile, detective superintendent Katie Elliott defended her team, noting they spotted the mistake after checking data that had been supplied to officers.
They were investigating after surveillance footage captured the movements of a garbage truck which appeared to coincide with the location of his phone.
An operation is now underway at a landfill site in Cambridge, England, and Elliott said she is “confident” Corrie's body will be found there.
However, the search is expected to take up to 10 weeks.
Meanwhile, the missing soldier's pregnant girlfriend, April Oliver, penned a tragic post as she posted a picture of the couple together.
On April, 21, she wrote,
She found out she was expecting his baby just two weeks after he disappeared.