Tuesday 27 September 2016

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon prays for Karen Buckley

Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is praying for the safe return of Karen Buckley
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is praying for the safe return of Karen Buckley

As the search for missing Irish woman Karen Buckley continues to dominate news coverage in Scotland, the country's leading politician said she was praying for her safe return.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Sky News: "Our thoughts, our prayers, are with Karen Buckley and of course with her family."

She said police in Scotland were working around the clock to trace the missing student, who only moved to Glasgow in January to study occupational therapy.

Ms Sturgeon, who is on the campaign trail ahead of next month's UK elections, is hoping for a positive outcome as the search for Cork-native Karen today enters its fifth day.

Police officers have been drafted into Glasgow from around Scotland to help in the search.

Speaking yesterday, Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our absolute priority is to find Karen Buckley."

He said officers were searching Dawsholm Park - where Karen's handbag was discovered on Tuesday - and the surrounding area.

"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."

Irish Independent

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