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Specialist teams and air support unit continue search for missing Irish student

Lucinda Cameron

Published 13/04/2015 | 14:08

Missing student Karen Buckley
Missing student Karen Buckley
Missing student Karen Buckley

Police in Scotland are searching for an Irish student who disappeared after telling friends she was going to the toilet in a nightclub.

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Karen Buckley, 24, from Mourneabbey, south of Mallow in Cork, and her friends arrived at Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, at around 11.45pm on Saturday.

Karen is a student at Glasgow Caledonian University and lives with three other student friends in a flat in Hill Street, Garnethill, Glasgow.

At around 1am she told friends she was going to the toilet but did not return and did not take her jacket.

Missing student Karen Buckley
Missing student Karen Buckley

When last seen, Karen was wearing a sleeveless, plain black jumpsuit which was low at the back and front and red stiletto heels (see photographs).

She is described as white, around 5'2, eight and a half stone with black hair, styled curly and long on the night she went missing.

These are photos taken of Karen Buckley on the night, Saturday 11th April 2015, 3 hours before she went missing. She...

Posted by Please Help Find Karen missing in Glasgow on Monday, 13 April 2015

Scotland police have also described Karen as having brown eyes and reported that she speaks in an Irish accent.

Karen was then seen on CCTV outside talking to a man and then walking westwards along Dumbarton Road away from the city centre towards Church Street.

A spokesperson for the Glasgow City police described the man as “white, with short dark hair, and of stocky build."

Adding: "He was a wearing a white shirt and dark trousers. We are very interested in speaking to him.”

Friends of the Glasgow Caledonian University student raised the alarm yesterday, saying it was "very out of character" for her not to return home.

Her parents have flown over from Ireland as they also believe her behaviour is unusual.

Officers are carrying out patrols around the west end of the city and surrounding areas, along with specialist officers and the air support unit this evening.  

Police are keen to speak to the man seen speaking to the 24-year-old, and appealed for any other information.

Inspector Gavin Smith said, "Friends reported Karen missing on Sunday 12 April after feeling her behaviour to not return home was very out of character. Her friends say she would always contact them by text or phone to let them know where she was and she doesn't appear to have contacted anyone.

"We are interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen Karen in the early hours of Sunday morning in the west end of Glasgow in order to help with our inquiries to locate her. We're particularly keen to get in touch with the gentleman who Karen was seen talking to around 1am on Sunday morning outside the Sanctuary nightclub as he may be able to help us.

"Karen had been drinking alcohol with her friends but they say she was not drunk and are very worried about her. Her parents have also flown over from Ireland as they believe this behaviour is very unusual and not like Karen at all.

"I would urge anyone who may have seen Karen at all on Saturday night into Sunday morning to get in touch with police on 101 with any information at all."

She lives with three other student friends in a flat in Hill Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, and earlier on Saturday evening had drinks with friends in the flat before going to the nightclub.

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