Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing airman Corrie McKeague, branded her son a social hand grenade who lived in the moment and would get in a stranger’s car without thinking, in a Facebook live Q & A session on Wednesday night.  It was watched by more than 37,000 people.

Corrie McKeague, 23, has been missing since September 24th while on a night out in Bury St Edmunds.  Mrs Urquhart said of her son in the question and answer session, “He’s not so much a social butterfly, more a social hand grenade who absolutely lives for the moment.  He will make choices and decisions that are sometimes reckless that other people might not.

“Would he get into a stranger’s car? Yes. Would he go to a stranger’s house that he’s never met before that he’s met on a social dating site? Yes.  He would put himself at risk because Corrie believed he could handle himself.”

He was last seen on CCTV at around 3.25am in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  He is a gunner based at RAF Honington.  Since his disappearance widespread searches have been conducted but to no avail.  His phone has been traced to the Newmarket area but has not been found.

Mrs Urquhart was also critical of the police investigation.  A serving officer herself she said basic door to door inquiries were not conducted and areas relevant to where he had disappeared had not been searched.

She added a man caught on camera at 3.25am close to where her son had gone missing was yet to be identified.

Mrs Urquhart added that three men had set a vehicle on fire which was highly suspicious and that six other people that were spotted on CCTV need to be identified urgently.

In response to the accusations. Suffolk Police has stated that they are treating the case as a missing person inquiry but have allocated resources to a similar level as a murder investigation.