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Family of Cork student Karen Buckley tell of anguish after body found on Scottish farm

By Adam Cullen

The grief-stricken family of Karen Buckley spoke of their heartbreak as it was confirmed that remains found on Scottish farmland were those of the missing student.

A 21-year-old man is due in court today in connection with her death, almost a week after she vanished during a night out with friends.

Karen (24) was originally from Co Cork, but had been living and studying in Glasgow since January.

She was last seen on CCTV outside the Sanctuary nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. After four days of intense searches, police uncovered human remains.

Karen's father John said that he, his wife Marian and sons Brendan, Kieran and Damian were "absolutely heartbroken".

"Karen was our only daughter, cherished by our family and loved by her friends. She was an outgoing girl, who travelled the world where she met lots of people and thoroughly enjoyed her life. We will miss her terribly."

The remains were found near High Craigton Farm outside the village of Milngavie, about 10km north-west of the city.

Police had moved in on the site in large numbers on Wednesday night, and yesterday morning they announced the grim find.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said: "I can now confirm that the body discovered by officers at the farm in north Glasgow last night is that of Karen Buckley.

"Her family have been made aware. We cannot imagine the pain and suffering of Karen's family and friends and all our thoughts are with them at this very sad and distressing time."

A post-mortem was being carried out last night to establish the cause of death.

There were emotional scenes as Karen's classmates gathered on the steps of Glasgow Caledonian University where she studied occupational therapy.

One friend said they were "completely devastated" and "felt raw".

University principal and vice-chancellor Pamela Gillies said "the community is deeply saddened. It is so tragic to lose someone so young and talented in such difficult circumstances".

Karen was reported missing on Sunday afternoon. A search operation was launched on Tuesday following the discovery of her handbag in a bin. However, search efforts later moved to the farm outside Glasgow. It is understood a key piece of information given to police by a member of the public played a vital role in the discovery of the remains.

A local was detained by police on Wednesday night, and arrested in relation to her death yesterday.

He is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.

An online fund for Karen's family raised £50,000 in 24 hours.

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