Man quizzed by missing Karen police


Published: Thursday 16th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Police are questioning a man over the disappearance of Karen Buckley as officers continue to search for the missing student.

Miss Buckley, 24, has not been seen for almost four days since she was reported missing after a night out in Glasgow at the weekend.

Specialist police divers, a helicopter crew and search dogs have all been involved in the search for her.

A 21-year-old man was detained by officers last night and Police Scotland said they are ”following a definite line of enquiry”.

Yesterday, the focus of the search moved from Dawsholm Park in Glasgow – where Ms Buckley’s handbag was found on Tuesday – to High Craigton farm, to the north of the city.

Officers cordoned off land around the farm and near Windyhills Golf Club on a country road between Milngavie and Drymen and a number of support vehicles and fire engines were moved to the scene.

Police had previously appealed for information about a grey car spotted on the road between 11am and 3pm on Monday.

Earlier yesterday, officers had been searching a flat in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow where the student was reportedly last seen.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, who is leading the hunt for Miss Buckley, has said it is his ”absolute priority” to find her.

The qualified nurse moved to Glasgow in February and is a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Her family, from Cork in the Republic of Ireland, travelled to Scotland on Tuesday.

At a press conference, her mother Marian Buckley, 61, said: ”We just want Karen home safely, we are desperate. She is our only daughter, we love her dearly.

”If anybody has any information, please come forward, we would dearly appreciate it.”

Miss Buckley arrived at The Sanctuary with friends at around 11.45pm on Saturday and at around 1am she told them she was going to the toilet. She failed to return and did not take her jacket.

Her father John Buckley, 62, said the disappearance was ”so out of character”.

He said: ”We are extremely concerned for her. We are desperate to get her back and safe with her family – she is our only daughter, we love her dearly and just want her to come home safe and sound.”

Last night in Ms Buckley’s home in north Cork a special prayer service was arranged for people to show support for the family.

The private Mass of Hope, as it was being described, was held at the Church of Saint Michael The Archangel, Mourneabbey, near the town of Mallow.

William Crean, Catholic Bishop of Cloyne, led the prayers for Ms Buckley.

”On my own behalf and on behalf of the faithful of the Diocese of Cloyne, I wish to offer prayerful support to the family of Karen Buckley at this painful time as they await the safe return of Karen,” he said.

Meanwhile, a fundraising page set up by former classmates of Ms Buckley to cover her family’s expenses while they are in Scotland has raised more than £3,000.

Published: Thursday 16th April 2015 by The News Editor

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