Human remains have been found in the search for a missing woman whose disappearance sparked a murder probe.
Emma Faulds, 39, from Kilmarnock, Scotland was last seen on April 28 in South Ayrshire.
The remains were found during searches of Galloway Forest, an area of woodland in Dumfries and Galloway.
Ms Faulds’ family has been made aware of the discovery.
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.”
Police searches had been focused near the forest’s edge.
Earlier in the search for the missing woman, police said they feared she may have come to some harm.
Investigators became concerned about her disappearance after she vanished and made no contact with her family, which was described as uncharacteristic.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Fergus from Police Scotland’s Major Investigations Team said she was usually in constant contact with her family and would not normally leave her west highland terrier for an extended period of time without organising care for the dog.
Earlier, investigators had released images of the car she normally drives, a light blue BMW.
Ross Willox appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court last month charged with murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
The 39-year-old, of Ayrshire, made no plea and was remanded in custody.