A full scale search is underway as officers from Police Scotland try to locate 70 year-old Graham Johnstone missing from Annbank since around 10:40 am on Friday January 1 2016.
Local volunteers have joined specialist search officers, the dog unit and Rescue Helicopter 999 in searching local walkways associated with Annbank and Auchincruive Estate.
Mr Johnstone was reported missing by his family after he left his home in Whitehill Crescent, Annbank, and failed to return.
An extensive search around the pathway at Oswald Bridge in Auchincruive and around that area has been undertaken by the skilled team and volunteers after a couple reported seeing a man at around 11.45 am on January 1 matching Mr Johnstone’s description.
The sighting has not yet been confirmed and officers are still trying to ascertain if the man seen by the couple was indeed Mr Johnstone.
The police are appealing for walkers who were in the area at that time to contact them.
Mr Johnstone is described as 5ft 8in, with grey, slightly balding hair, a cleanly shaven face and glasses.
When he was last seen by his family he was wearing a black zipped top, beige trousers and a fawn cardigan.
The man seen by the couple yesterday had similar clothing to Mr Johnstone’s with walking boots and carrying what may have been an olive green coloured hat or balaclava.
If this description matches you and you were in and around the Oswald Bridge area around 11:45 am on New Years Day, then please contact the police.
If the sighting was not Mr Johnstone, it’s important for police to rule it out.
Air and foot searches have also been carried out around the Auchincruive Estate, Oswald, Bridge area, Gadgirth area and up to the Mossblown area.
If anyone has seen Mr Johnstone or has any information or knowledge as to his whereabouts please contact officers at Ayr Police Office on 101.