Sunday 25 September 2016

Body found in search for missing Irish student formally identified as Karen Buckley (24)

* Body found in search for Karen Buckley
* Remains formally identified as those of the missing Irish student
* Karen was studying masters in Glasgow
* She was last seen out with friends on Saturday night
* Man arrested in connection with disappearance

Published 16/04/2015 | 01:34

The body found in the search for the missing Irish student in Glasgow has formally been identified as that of Karen Buckley (24).

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At a press conference this afternoon Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, the officer leading the inquiry, said: "I can confirm the body found is that of Karen Buckley."

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Marian and John Buckley

In a statement, Karen’s father John said that himself,  his wife Marian and sons Brendan, Kieran and Damian “are absolutely heartbroken”.

“Karen was our only daughter, cherished by our family and loved by her friends.

“She was an outgoing girl, who travelled the world where she met lots of people and thoroughly enjoyed her life. We will miss her terribly.”

He added: “We would be very grateful if we could be left alone now to grieve with our family and friends.”

Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A Police officer looks over a police cordon round dumped rubbish at the rear of the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which comta9nsthe flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
General view of Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
General view of Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer looks out from the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the rear of the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer looks out from the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which contains the flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
General view of The Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow where student Karen Buckley seen on CCTV footage in the early hours of Sunday morning talking to a man before she went missing. Paul Ward/PA Wire
A police officer walks through Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police outside Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police stand next to a bin at the entrance of Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police officers in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police officers in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A dog walker passes a police officer at the entrance to Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police officers in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police helicopter flies over Dawsholm Park in Glasgow after the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was found early this afternoon. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police walk along Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow as they are searching a park and an area around a block of flats for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search the rear gardens of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages near a block of flats near Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages near a block of flats near Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A police forensic officer searches the rear gardens of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers search the rear gardens of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police block a road near Windyhill Golf club, Glasgow, as they search for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow during the search for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow during the search for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police Forensic officers at the front door of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow, as they search for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Parishioners in Mourneabby outside Mallow, Co Cork arrived for a vigil mass at the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, Analeentha, for the missing student last night.

Parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe told RTE News this evening that today's news was "every parent's nightmare".

"The family, neighbours, friends, members of the commmunity and beyond have been helping John and Marion's son Brendan on the farm in any way that they can."

"I know that parishioners here in Mourneabbey are doing all to help Brendan in that way," he said. 

Fr O'Keeffe also said that the parishioners are also helping the rest of the family with their prayers.

Police said that a report in relation to the 21-year-old in custody is being submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and it is anticipated he will appear in court tomorrow.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, the officer leading the inquiry
Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, the officer leading the inquiry
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said: “We cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering of Karen’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

“We would like to publicly thank everyone for their support with the investigation. This case has attracted a significant amount of public interest here in Scotland and in Ireland, and the response and support from the community in Glasgow and beyond has been very, very helpful.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone including news media for their immense support throughout.”

Friends raised the alarm on Sunday morning after the 24-year-old failed to return from the Sanctuary nightclub.

A four-day search led police to High Craigton Farm on the north-western outskirts of the city where human remains were recovered last night.

A man who had previously been detained was arrested and will appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court tomorrow.

In an official statement, police said: "Police Scotland officers have recovered human remains on a farm in the north Glasgow, on the outskirts of Milngavie.

"Formal identification has yet to take place, however, police believe that they may be those of missing woman Karen Buckley.

"Relatives are aware."

Ms Buckley moved to Scotland in February and was a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) offered its "sincere sympathy, on behalf of all its members, to the family, friends and nursing colleagues of Karen Buckley".

"Karen was a member of the INMO as a student nurse in University Hospital, Limerick."

"Her family and her former colleagues in UHL are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time," the INMO said in a statement.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said thoughts and prayers were with her parents John and Marian.

He said: "On behalf of the government, I wish to express appreciation for all that has been done by the Scottish authorities, and especially Police Scotland in Glasgow, to find Karen and to support the Buckley family throughout this very difficult time."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "My thoughts today are very much with the family and friends of Karen Buckley."

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 €40,000.

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Parish priest of Mourneabbey Fr Joe O'Keeffe said the community are set to rally around the Buckley family.

"It's very difficult to know what to say, we just need to pray for them and I suppose be there for them as best as we can," he told RTE Radio One.

"It's a very sad day and a very heavy cloud hangs over the parish community, despite today's sunshine."

Karen's former college the University of Limerick also issued a statement, saying its thoughts were with Karen's family during the difficult time.

"The University of Limerick and in particular the Department of Nursing and Midwifery have been deeply saddened by the disappearance of Karen Buckley, a UL Nursing Graduate and the tragic reports from Glasgow in relation to the search to find her.

"Karen was a very valued member of the UL Community as well as the wider nursing and medical communities in Limerick, having spent time working in both the University Hospital Limerick and the University Maternity Hospital.

"The thoughts of the entire UL community are with her parents and family and her wide circle of friends as well as her UL classmates and medical colleagues."

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