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 today (Friday, May 24).

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.

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.

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.