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Police investigating Karen Buckley's murder issue appeal for female seen near nightclub

Published 04/06/2015 | 10:32

The woman police want to speak to. She is not connected with Karen's death
The woman police want to speak to. She is not connected with Karen's death

POLICE in Scotland investigating the murder of Irishwoman Karen Buckley have appealed for potential female witness to come forward.

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Karen (24), a qualified nurse, went missing following a night out with her housemates at Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow in the early hours of April 12.

Ms Buckley's friends raised the alarm after she failed to return to the group in the nightclub. She had told them she was going to the bathroom and would be back shortly.

Karen's body was found some four days later at a farm in North Glasgow.

Alexander Pacteau (21) has since been charged with her murder.

Today, police investigating the murder issued an appeal and a photograph, saying they are trying to identify a potential witness.

Cork student Karen Buckley was killed after leaving a bar in Glasgow in April
Cork student Karen Buckley was killed after leaving a bar in Glasgow in April
Karen Buckley

The young woman was seen at about 00:30 on Sunday 12 April on Dumbarton Road near the Gallus Pub before walking along Church Street in Glasgow.

She got into a Hackney taxi on Byres Road, which drove off towards Great Western Road.

The potential witness is described as between 18 and 25 years old with long brown straight hair.

She was wearing a short pink coloured dress, a fur jacket and was carrying a large brown shoulder bag.

Det Supt Jim Kerr, From Police Scotland, said: "Our extensive review of CCTV has identified this young lady near to the Sanctuary Nightclub and the footage indicates that she may have information that could assist with our investigation.

"I must stress that she is in no way connected with the death of Karen but she may have information that could assist with the investigation.

"I would appeal directly to the woman or anyone that recognises her from the image to get in touch with the incident room on 0141 532 5443."

Karen's funeral took place in April in her native Mourneabbey, near Mallow, Co Cork.

Karen's parents John and Marian Buckley. Photo: Mark Condren
Karen's parents John and Marian Buckley. Photo: Mark Condren

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