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Fears for safety of Irish student who vanished at Glasgow club

Published 14/04/2015

Missing student Karen Buckley during a visit to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim
Missing student Karen Buckley during a visit to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim

A massive search is under way for an Irish student who disappeared after telling friends she was going to the toilet in a nightclub in Glasgow.

Karen Buckley (24) has not been since the early hours of Sunday morning when she was at a club in Dumbarton Road in the Scottish city where she is a student.

Karen's family, from Mourneabbey near Mallow in Co Cork, have travelled to Glasgow and are leading the search efforts for their only daughter.

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

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.

Investigating police are now trying to track down this man.

Inspector Gavin Smith said: "We're particularly keen to get in touch with the gentlemen who Karen was seen talking to around 1am on Sunday morning outside the Sanctuary nightclub as he may be able to help us."

He added: "Friends reported Karen missing on Sunday, April 12 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."

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 5ft 2ins 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.

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

"She comes from a very well-respected farming family who would be well-known in the area," she said. The missing girl's friends have have set up a Facebook account to help trace her.

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