Issued 14 July 2023
Four weeks on since she was last seen, officers are continuing to appeal for any information that can help in tracing missing Cumbrian woman Mary Monkman.
Mary, 49, is believed to have travelled to the Loch Doon area of Ayrshire on Friday, 16 June, 2023 from her home in Kendal, Cumbria. Her car, a red Nissan Juke, was found parked at the west side of the loch shortly after 7.30pm later that evening.
Officers have conducted extensive searches in the Loch Doon and surrounding area however Mary has not been seen, or spoken to, since this time.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mary’s husband Geoff said: “We miss her so much. She was always coming up with new ideas for work and for home, and they usually started with ‘I’ve just been thinking…’. She can always see the potential, she’s always looking to the future. I have to hope that Mary is out there reading this, somewhere. Mary, if you see this, just know that we love and miss you terribly. Please let someone, anyone, know that you’re OK.”
Inspector William Deans said: “For Mary not to be in contact with her family and friends is completely out of character. This, coupled with the length of time since she was last seen, makes us extremely concerned for her welfare.
“Despite the loch being in relatively rural surroundings, it is known to be frequented by locals and visitors. I’d ask anyone who may have seen Mary in the area on Friday, 16 June, or since this time, to report any sightings to us.
“We believe Mary travelled to Ayrshire via the M6 and then through Dumfries and Galloway. If you saw her or her vehicle during the afternoon/evening of 16 June, please get in touch with officers.”
Mary is described as around 5ft 9ins tall, with shoulder-length dark purple hair.
She wears glasses and was last seen wearing a green and white floral top and cropped blue leggings (as pictured). She is also believed to be in possession of a blue/green ‘Deuter Step Out 12’ rucksack and was possibly wearing black lightweight slip-on trainers.
Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 2648 of 17 June 2023