An aviation company has denied it has been using specialist aircraft in the search for missing Emma Faulds this week, despite reports in the media on Friday.

According to reports, a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo plane – operated by 2 Excel Aviation – was spotted yesterday in South Ayrshire over the B7027 between Barrhill and Newton Stewart and thought to be searching woodland and lochs.

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But according to the Northampton-based aviation firm, reports are unfounded. When the Herald contacted 2 Excel Aviation and asked if one of their fleet was being used in the search for missing Emma, a spokeswoman said: “The answer is no.”

Police Scotland were contacted and confirmed that their air service is not currently involved in the search.

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A police spokesperson said: "No fixed wing aircraft has been used in the search for Emma Faulds."

Ross Willox from Monkton was charged with 39-year-old Emma’s murder earlier this month.

Willox, 40, made no plea and remains in custody.