A CLOSE friend of Emma Faulds has paid an emotional tribute after human remains were found in the search for her body on Wednesday.

Heartbroken Grant Butler wrote how “we all tried to bring her home safe.”

The Evening Times was first to report how remains were found during searches of Galloway Forest, an area of woodland in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 39-year-old was last seen on April 28 at Fairfield Park in Monkton, South Ayrshire.

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Police searches had been focused around Barrhill, particularly along the A714 between Girvan and Newton Stewart.

Ms Faulds' family has been made aware.

An emotional Grant wrote on Facebook: “Shine bright Emma. This is the worse possible news to hear. The disbelief that someone could treat you so badly is outrageous.

Evening Times:

“Closure for your family is the only thing that will help all of us and them but this should never have happened to a girl who had such a zest for life, a girl who everyone loved and was the life and soul of the party.

“I hope this guy suffers for the rest of his miserable life like the rest of us are going to suffer not being able to talk to such a beautiful girl again.

“My thoughts go directly to her family. We all tried to bring her home safe.”

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A police spokeswoman said: “On Wednesday, June 12, human remains were discovered in the Galloway Forest area.

“The family of Emma Faulds has been made aware and police inquiries are ongoing.”

Last month, a man appeared in court charged with the murder of Ms Faulds.

Ross Willox was also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice on May 10 before returning to Ayr Sheriff Court a week later for a second hearing.

The 40-year-old from Ayrshire made no plea and was remanded in custody.