Joe O'Brien Police probing the mysterious disappearance of a Scots bank clerk 25 years ago have made a new appeal for leads.

Mother-of-two Marion Hodge, from Balgray, near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, went missing on July 6, 1984, after being dropped off by her husband in nearby Dumfries.

Marion, who was 34, has not been seen since and was officially declared dead in 1992 following an eight-year ordeal for her family - husband Bill, 64, son Bobby, 40, and daughter Kathryn, 38.

An investigation was launched by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and detectives found that her bank card had been used to withdraw £100 at a nearby cash dispenser. Three days later an unnamed man called to the home of Marion's bank colleague in Lockerbie and said she would not be returning to work but was "all right".

Her former husband Bill remarried and lives in nearby Waterbeck, Dumfriesshire.

Three years ago "new evidence" emerged and police re-opened the case with a team of 12 officers. The missing persons search became a murder inquiry - despite no body ever being found. A man was arrested and questioned for six hours, but was later released without charge.

A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Police said last night: "The circumstances surrounding Marion's disappearance are suspicious and it is vital that any person who has any information comes forward now."