INVESTIGATIONS into a missing Girvan woman has been passed onto Police Scotland’s major investigation team.

Despite extensive enquiries, no trace of Patricia Henry has been found since she went missing from Girvan in November 2017.

The 46-year-old previously lived in Paisley before relocating to Girvan in October 2017 and officers have now revealed they are looking to trace a white van in connection with the inquiry.

The vehicle, which had a 66 registration plate, is thought to have travelled between the Glenburn area of Paisley and Ms Henry's new address between 15 and 16 November.

Detective Chief Inspector Suzanne Chow, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “The last independent sighting of Patricia was Monday, November 13, 2017.

“One line of enquiry that I now must consider is the possibility that Patricia may have come to some harm. It’s important that we keep an open mind to all lines of enquiry but the distinct lack of information about Patricia is concerning. However, we cannot rule anything out at this point and officers will continue to follow up enquiries about where Patricia has been.

"Since Patricia was reported missing, Police Scotland has been carrying out enquiries in both Renfrewshire and South Ayrshire, I am continuing to appeal to anyone who may have any information that can help find out what has happened to Patricia to get in touch.

“I am also asking if anyone remembers seeing a white van travelling between Glenburn in Paisley and Girvan in South Ayrshire and in the area of Kirkwood Place in Girvan on 15 and 16 of November and noted anything suspicious to get in touch with Police Scotland.

“This week a number of officers have been in Girvan and Paisley and stopped and spoke with dozens of local people to try and jog their memories and find out if they remember seeing Patricia since November 2017. Updated posters of Patricia have been displayed.

“Officers have also travelled on trains between Paisley and Girvan, which is a route we know Patricia often travelled since moving to Girvan.”

“Patricia is described as 5’ 10” in height, slim build and with shoulder length hair which is usually tied back. She has a tattoo of a red rose and green stem with a cloud in the background and the name 'Patti' on her right arm and a tattoo of a dolphin on her hip. She usually wears a denim jacket.

“Any small piece of information may be able to assist us."

Anyone with any information that can help the investigation is urged to contact the Incident Room in Kilmarnock on 01563 505172.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.