Sunday 11 December 2016

Police search garages and gardens near Glasgow flat in search for Karen Buckley

Adam Cullen and Cormac McQuinn

Published 15/04/2015 | 12:18

Police are now searching the garages and gardens near Alexander Pacteau's flat in connection with the disappearance of Karen Buckley.

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Earlier, the flat belonging to a company director who police say last saw Karen Buckley before she went missing was sealed off.

Alexander Pacteau (21). Photo: Spindrift
Alexander Pacteau (21). Photo: Spindrift
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

Forensic teams have spent this afternoon searching the back garden of Alexander Pacteau's flat, located less than half a mile from Dawsholm Park where Karen's handbag and mobile phone where discovered in a dustbin.

Read more: 'Please give her back: We love her so dearly' - parents' plea for missing Karen

Police have confirmed to Independent.ie that divers have now joined the search for missing Irish student Karen Buckley, who has been missing for just over three days following a night out in Glasgow.

A farm just outside Glasgow, roughly eight miles from Dunbarton Road, has also been cordoned off.

John and Marian Buckley at a press briefing at Govan Police Office for the whereabouts of their daughter Karen who went missing in Glasgow. Photo: Mark Condren
Police search a house on Dorchester avenue Glasgow that missing Irish student Karen Buckley may have gone after leaving the Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road, Glagow.
Police search for Karen Buckley
Police seal off an area around a bin after missing Irish student Karen Buckley handbag was found
Police seal off an area around a bin after missing Irish student Karen Buckley's handbag was found
Police search a house on Dorchester avenue Glasgow that missing Irish student Karen Buckley may have gone after leaving the Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road, Glasgow.
Police search the area near a house on Dorchester avenue Glasgow that missing Irish student Karen Buckley may have gone after leaving the Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road, Glasgow
Police search a house on Dorchester avenue Glasgow that missing Irish student Karen Buckley may have gone after leaving the Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road, Glagow. Pic:Mark Condren 14.4.2015

Officers were seen at High Craigton Farm, in Milngavie, Glasgow.

There are also reports of police activity at Windyhills Golf Club, which is close to the farm.

Nursing student Karen (24) from Cork was seen leaving the Sanctuary nightclub in the city centre with a man in the early hours of Sunday.

Twenty-one-year-old Alexander Pacteau, who was interviewed by police but is not being treated as a suspect, is believed to be the last person to have seen Karen before she vanished.

It's understood Mr Pacteau is seen on CCTV footage leaving the Santuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road just after 1am on Sunday morning.

Karen “wasn’t under duress”, police say, when leaving the popular nightclub and following him.

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
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

Shortly afterwards, Mr Pacteau drove with Karen to his apartment on Dorchester Avenue about two miles from the club.

He told police that he and Karen spent a few hours together, before she left at 4am.

Mr Pacteau told police he offered to give Karen a lift, but she declined.

Mr Pacteau was said to be “helping police with enquiries” but Supt Kerr yesterday stressed that he is “not a suspect”.

Officers also continue to carry out enquiries to locate missing Karen Buckley, originally from Mourneabbey, Mallow, Cork.

Specialist officers are carrying out a detailed search of Dawsholm Park and the surrounding area with support from the air support unit, marine policing underwater unit, specialist crime division, police search dogs and operational patrols.

They are also tracking down a grey car seen driving erratically a short distance away.

Speaking today, Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said:

"Our absolute priority is to find Karen Buckley. We have a team of specialist search officers from the west and east working in the area as well as additional patrols in the west end and north of the city."

"Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should contact 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers."

"Patrols have been stepped up in the west end, Kelvindale and Anniesland. Please feel free to approach them with any information or any concerns you might have."

Read more: Glasgow gripped by mystery of a 'sensible girl' who vanished

“We are still encouraging people to come forward with any information though, as even the smallest detail could aid us in finding Karen."

The last-known person to see missing Irish woman Karen Buckley is a 21-year-old company director Alexander Pacteau who was involved in printing counterfeit cash.

Mr Pacteau last year pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to forging bank notes worth £6,000.

He was caught by police before he  attempted to spend any of the fake cash.

Read more: 'We just want Karen home safely... we love her dearly' -

His lawyer told the court that Mr Pacteau printed the notes because he was unable to work after a serious car accident in 2011.

The lawyer said Mr Pacteau was embarrassed that he had to sign on for disability benefits and didn’t want to admit it to his family.

He said his client was a first-time offender.

Mr Pacteau was spared jail by sheriff Sam Cathcart and who handed him was described in reports as community payback and ordered him to do 225 hours’ unpaid work.

A report in the Daily Record newspaper quotes Mr Pacteau’s mother Noreen (43).

“As you can tell by the police reports, he is not a suspect.

“She left his property at four o’clock in the morning and she was seen by other witnesses, not Alexander.

“So he is not a suspect,” she said.

Police have spoken to Mr Pacteau and he is helping them with their investigation.

A police spokeswoman told Independent.ie there has been a good response from the public to appeals for help following Tuesday’s press conference with Ms Buckley’s family.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Ours thoughts and prayers are with Karen and her family.

"We’ll all be hoping that she's found safe and well. It’s not possible to appreciate the pain and anger her family are going thought right now."

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