Monday 23 October 2017

Police searching for missing student seek man on CCTV

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

Sam Griffin

A massive search is under way for an Irish student who has gone missing while on a night out in Glasgow.

Karen Buckley (24), from Mourneabbey near Mallow in Co Cork, has not been since the early hours of Sunday morning, when she was at a nightclub in Dumbarton Road in the Scottish city, where she is a student.

Karen's family have now travelled to Glasgow and are leading the search efforts for their only daughter.

Karen is studying occupational therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University having previously studied nursing in Ireland.

In a statement, Scottish Police said the student had been drinking in an apartment with friends before leaving to go to the nightclub. The group arrived at Sanctuary nightclub around 11.45pm.

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

She was then picked up by CCTV in the area speaking to a man outside the club and investigating police are now trying to track down this man.

Inspector Gavin Smith said: "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."

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

She is described as being 5ft 2in tall, weighing eight and a half stone with black hair, styled curly and long on the night she went missing.

Karen's father, John, last night said he was unable to comment on the ongoing efforts to find his daughter.

A neighbour described Karen as a "lovely, quiet girl".

"She comes from a very well- respected farming family who would be very well-known in the area," she said.

The missing girl's friends have also issued appeals and have set up a Facebook account to help trace her.

Irish Independent

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