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Man held by missing Karen police

Published 15/04/2015

A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow

A 21-year-old man has been detained by police in connection with the disappearance of missing Cork nurse Karen Buckley, it is understood.

Miss Buckley, 24, has not been seen for almost four days after a night out in Glasgow and police divers, a helicopter crew and search dogs are all now involved in the search for her.

Police Scotland said they are now "following a definite line of enquiry".

Teams have been scouring Dawsholm Park where her handbag was found yesterday and a nearby flat in Dorchester Avenue where the student was reportedly last seen.

Two officers in forensic suits entered the flat and an area to the rear of the block was taped off.

Officers later cordoned off land near High Craigton farm and Windyhills Golf Club on a country road between Glasgow and Drymen.

Yesterday, police appealed for information about a grey car spotted on the road between 11am and 3pm on Monday.

The detective leading the hunt for Miss Buckley has said it is his ''absolute priority'' to find her.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said earlier: "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."

Yesterday, her mother Marian Buckley, 61, said: ''We just want Karen home safely, we are desperate. She is our only daughter, we love her dearly.

''If anybody has any information, please come forward, we would dearly appreciate it.''

Miss Buckley arrived at The Sanctuary with friends at around 11.45pm on Saturday and at around 1am she told them she was going to the toilet. She failed to return and did not take her jacket.

Her father John Buckley, 62, said yesterday the disappearance was "so out of character".

He said: ''We are extremely concerned for her. We are desperate to get her back and safe with her family - she is our only daughter, we love her dearly and just want her to come home safe and sound.''

In Ms Buckley's home in north Cork a special prayer service was arranged today for local people to show support for the family.

The private Mass of Hope, as it was being described, was held at the Church of Saint Michael The Archangel, Mourneabbey, near the town of Mallow.

William Crean, Catholic Bishop of Cloyne, led the prayers for Ms Buckley.

"On my own behalf and on behalf of the faithful of the Diocese of Cloyne, I wish to offer prayerful support to the family of Karen Buckley at this painful time as they await the safe return of Karen," he said.

Bishop Crean urged the people of Mourneabbey to pray for Ms Buckley's safe return and to pray for her parents, and her brothers Brendan, Kieran and Damian.

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