POLICE believe a body found in a wooded area in Kilmarnock today is that of missing man Zak McLean.

The body was discovered at around 11.15am on Thursday, January 19.

Police Scotland said they received a report of the body of a man within a wooded area in Kilmarnock, near to the Knockinlaw Mount.

The man is yet to be formally identified, but it is believed to be missing Zak. Relatives have been informed.

Zak McLean vanished from Kilmarnock's Fullerton Street on Wednesday, January 11 at around 8pm. 

The 24-year-old was reported missing to police on Friday 13 January.

A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death, which is not thought to be suspicious.

A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.