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Karen Buckley missing: Man arrested after human remains found at farm near Glasgow

Published 16/04/2015

Missing student Karen Buckley
Missing student Karen Buckley
Marian and John Buckley, parents of missing girl Karen Buckley, make a statement during a press conference at Govan Police Office in Glasgow.
Police outside the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which comta9nsthe flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday.
Police at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow during the search for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service vehicles arrive at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow, where police have been searching for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
Police stand at the entrance to Windyhill Golf Club near Milngavie, north of Glasgow, which has been cordoned off, as part of the investigation into the missing student Karen Buckley on April 15, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Police Forensic officers at the front door of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow, as they search for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
Police stand at the entrance to High Craigton Farm near Milngavie, north of Glasgow, which has been cordoned off, as part of the investigation into the missing student Karen Buckley on April 15, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
Karen Buckley failed to return home from a night out at the weekend
Police block a road near Windyhill Golf club, Glasgow, as they search for Karen Buckley
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow
Police search the grounds of a flat in Glasgow in the hunt for missing student Karen Buckley

Police searching for the missing 24-year-old student Karen Buckley have found human remains on a farm north of Glasgow.

A 21-year-old man who was detained for questioning on Wednesday has now been formally arrested in connection with Ms Buckley's death.

While formal identification is yet to take place, relatives have been informed of the discovery on the outskirts of Milngavie, six miles from the centre of Glasgow.

Ms Buckley, from Cork, was reported missing after a night out in the Scottish city on Saturday, and her disappearance sparked a four-day search involving a helicopter crew, search dogs and specialist police divers.

An occupational therapy student, Ms Buckley had arrived at the Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow with friends at around 11.45pm. At around 1am she told friends she was going to the toilet, but failed to return and did not take her jacket.

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CCTV from the club showed her leaving with a man in the early hours of Sunday, BBC News reported. Friends said that she had had a few drinks when she left them, but was not drunk.

Ms Buckley's handbag was found in Glasgow's Dawsholm Park on Tuesday, before the search moved to High Craigton farm in the north of the city.

Police had previously appealed for information about a grey car spotted on the road between 11am and 3pm on Monday.

And on Wednesday, officers searched a flat in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow where the student was reportedly last seen.

Police said they had questioned a man who told them he had travelled with Ms Buckley to his flat, but that she had left at about 4am on Sunday.

Ms Buckley's family travelled from Ireland to Scotland on Tuesday. At a press conference, her mother Marian Buckley, 61, issued an appeal for information and said they were desperate to get their only daughter home safely.

A fundraising page set up by former classmates of Ms Buckley to help cover her family's expenses while they are in Scotland has raised more than £9,000.

Ireland's minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan said thoughts and prayers were with the Buckleys.

"I am greatly saddened by the news emerging that Scottish police believe that a body discovered near Glasgow may be that of Karen Buckley," he said.

"All of our thoughts and prayers are with Karen's parents, John and Marian, and with all of her family and friends at this tragic time.

"On behalf of the government, I wish to express appreciation for all that has been done by the Scottish authorities, and especially Police Scotland in Glasgow, to find Karen and to support the Buckley family throughout this very difficult time."

Consular staff have been helping the family since her disappearance. Sean Sherlock, a junior minister from the Cork area, added: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Karen in Mourneabbey, Cork, Glasgow and throughout the world."

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