A PENSIONER has appeared in court charged with murdering a Renfrewshire woman who went missing more than 18 months ago.

Patricia Henry, 46, from Paisley, has not been seen since November 2017.

George Metcalff, 69, also of Paisley, appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court yesterday to face a string of offences, including two charges of rape and one of murder.

He was also charged with several assaults, including sexual assault, and an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.

Metcalff made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody pending a further court appearance.

Ms Henry moved to Girvan, in South Ayrshire, a month before vanishing.

In November last year, her teenage daughter Alannah McGrory made an appeal for information on the anniversary of her last sighting.