April-Louise Oliver

The pregnant girlfriend of missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague has posted a bittersweet first image of her baby bump on social media.

The picture of April-Louise Oliver balancing a pair of tiny boots on her stomach was uploaded to Facebook alongside a caption which included the message "your daddy would be proud of you".

There's been no trace of the RAF gunner since he disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds on September 24 last year. Miss Oliver wrote:

"Your daddy would be proud of you my little one and would love you as much as I do. Corrie will be a part of both of us forever and no one can take that away. Mummy loves you little baby."

She added: "I miss and love Corrie with every part of my body."

Miss Oliver revealed in January that she was expecting the 23-year-old's baby after becoming pregnant just before he went missing.

The pair had been together for about five months after meeting on a dating site. Miss Oliver, who is expecting their baby to be born in late spring/early summer, had met his family.

SAC McKeague did not know about the pregnancy.

The RAF man's mother revealed that he and Miss Oliver were members of a swinging website, saying telling internet users it was "none of your business" after details of her son's private life surfaced online.

Corrie McKeague
The RAF gunner has been missing since September 24 last year

Suffolk Police confirmed Tuesday that the search for the airman at a landfill site will continue for at least a further week, with officers having cleared over 3,100 tonnes of waste at the site.

The original 10-week search of the Milton site began after it emerged a bin lorry of interest to the investigation was carrying a heavier load than first thought.

The total cost of the investigation to date, including the search of the Milton site, is estimated at over £1 million and enquiries have been continuing, with officers gathering further information about Corrie's lifestyle and background.

Suffolk Police, who have been responsible for the search, have been heavily criticised by the public and former detectives.

Cover image courtesy of April-Louise Oliver via Facebook.