Police in Fife are seeking the assistance of the public in an effort to trace a 43-year-old woman reported missing from Leuchars.
Maureen Bannister has not been seen or heard from since around 2pm on Sunday, December 13.
It is believed that shortly after this time Maureen left an address on Pitcairn Park in a blue-coloured Ford Focus with her dog, a black/grey coloured cross breed Yorkshire Terrier.
Maureen is known to walk her dog in and around Tentsmuir Forest and an extensive search of this area is now underway involving specialist resources including a police helicopter and dog units.
Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have seen her to come forward as soon as possible.
Maureen is described as around 5ft 4ins tall, with a slim build and has long dark hair.
It is not known what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance however it is likely she will have on a navy Wellington boots and a navy thigh length jacket with a cream lined hood.
Inspector Paul Dick of Police Scotland said: “Our search for Maureen has been underway since around 1am this morning (Monday) but unfortunately we have not yet located her.
“We are extremely concerned for her welfare as are her family who are desperate to find her safe and well.
“Today, I’m appealing to anyone who may have seen Maureen or even spoke with her, to come forward to police immediately.”
Those with information are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or speak to any local officer.