Police investigating the abduction and murder of financial adviser Lynda Spence have carried out a search of a field and a disused well in the area of West Kilbride’s Law Hill.
Ms Spence, 28, has not been seen since April of last year when she left her parents' house in Glasgow Harbour.
Last November the3towns reported a sense of shock gripping local communities after four men were arrested following a police search of a property in Meadowfoot Road, West Kilbride. The men - Paul Smith, 45, from Largs, Colin Coates, 41, from Glasgow, Philip Wade, 40, from Glengarnock, and David Parker, 36, from West Kilbride - were charged with abduction, assault, murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice. All four subsequently appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, where it was alleged that, over a two-week period, they assaulted Ms Spence by cutting off her fingers and a thumb, striking her with a golf club, scalding her with an iron and failed to seek medical attention before killing her and disposing of the body. None of the four made any plea or declaration and all were remanded in custody.
A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police this week confirmed the force was searching a field in the Law Hill area of West Kilbride as part of the Lynda Spence murder inquiry, but indicated, “As proceedings are live in this case no further comment will be made.”