THE man who was found dead inside a parked car near the A77 has been named.

Michael Thomson, 46, from Ayr was parked in a layby when paramedics discovered him on Saturday, July 25.

His sudden death is still being treated as unexplained as police continue to appeal for information.

Officers today confirmed they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Michael’s death nearly one week on from when he was found.

Michael was found inside a blue Ford Fiesta car -registration LA56 HZN - parked in a layby on the northbound carriageway near Dalmilling Golf Course, between the Holmston and Whitletts roundabouts.

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Emergency services rushed to the scene at 6pm on Saturday, July 25.

Officers returned this week to carry out further investigations as the A77 was shut for seven hours on Tuesday (July 28).

Detectives have been tracing the cars final movements and have found that the car was driven from an industrial unit in York Street between midnight at 1am on Saturday, July 25.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan McAlpine said: "Our enquiries have established the car may have been in the York Street area of Ayr from around 8am on Friday, July 24.

"From our initial CCTV review, we now know it was driven to the layby from an industrial unit in York Street between midnight and 1am on Saturday, July 25.

"We are grateful to everyone who has already made contact with police with information.

"We are continuing to work to establish the full circumstances and would urge anyone who may have seen Mr Thomson or this car at any time on Friday 24 and Saturday, 25 July to contact us".

"Anyone who used the A77 between the Holmston and Whitletts roundabouts and may have dashcam footage is asked to review this and pass on anything which may be of note"

"Anyone who may have seen Mr Thomson, the vehicle or who has any other information can contact police on 101, quoting incident 3125 of July 25.”