Ross Willox was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow earlier today of the “sickening” murder of Kibble worker Emma Faulds.
She died in Monkton, Ayrshire, on Sunday, Apri 28, 2019.
Emma was reported missing by her family two days later and her remains were discovered six weeks later in the Galloway Forest area on Wednesday, June 12.
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She was a care worker for specialist child and youth care charity and social partnership Kibble.
Detective Inspector Peter Crombie, the lead investigator on the inquiry, said: “As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult and traumatic time for Emma’s family, who are still devastated by her death.
“They are a close-knit family and have been a great source of strength to each other.
“Their support during the investigation has been invaluable.
“Ross Willox was a friend of Emma’s and had known her for a number of years. What happened between him and Emma at his home that night remains unclear and only he truly knows what led to her death.
“Willox’s actions with regard to the disposing of Emma’s body are incomprehensible and sickening.
“Her family could have been denied being able to mourn their loved one with a funeral or knowing her final resting place.
“Thankfully, due to the efforts of officers, we were able to find Emma which allowed her family some comfort.
“I sincerely hope that the fact that he has now been found guilty will afford them some sense of justice.”
Willox, 42, is due to be sentenced at a later date.
Yesterday, her family said they remain “absolutely devastated” and pledged never to forget Emma, 39.
“We are absolutely devastated by Emma’s death and her not being with us has left a tremendous void in all our lives.
“We cannot believe she was taken from us in such a violent way and what makes it even worse is that Ross Willox was supposed to be her friend.
“The court case has been arduous and hearing about what happened that night has been harrowing but we are thankful that Willox has been found guilty and he will have to live forever with the consequences of his actions.
“We’d ask now that we be left to grieve now the court case is over. We will never forget what happened to Emma, however, we will always remember her as our beautiful, loving daughter, sister and friend,” a statement said.