Commenting on Police Scotland's apology to the family of Mrs Janet McKay, after it emerged that information regarding a sighting of the woman had not been passed on, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:
"This is a terribly sad and agonising loss of an elderly mother. My sympathies are with Janet’s family and friends. Dementia is a condition that takes so many people from us.
“The swift apology from the Divisional Commander Andy Bates is commendable and I am pleased the Lord Advocate has instructed for an inquiry to be conducted by the Police Investigation and Review Commissioner.
“We have a duty of care to the police officers and civilian staff as they will be distraught by this too.
“It is too early to tell what happened but we do need answers as there is a crisis of confidence in Police Scotland.
“Police officers and staff have been under extraordinary pressure since the centralisation of Police Scotland, the introduction of oppressive targets and stop and search, the closure of police stations to the public and the closure of control rooms. We need to establish whether there is a connection between these issues and this tragic case.”