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Man held in Karen hunt

Police scour woods as search for Irish student missing since Sunday widens

By Adam Cullen

Hopes of finding missing student Karen Buckley alive faded as police last night moved their search to woodland outside Glasgow city.

Police Scotland said they were "following a definite line of enquiry" after 21-year-old Alexander Pacteau was detained in connection with her disappearance.

The young company director was seen on CCTV footage talking to Karen outside the Sanctuary nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning before the student from Cork vanished.

He told police he drove Karen to his apartment on Dorchester Avenue, but said that she left hours later at 4am to walk to her home in the city's Garnethill area.

Karen (24) has not been seen for almost four days, as police divers, a helicopter crew and search dogs continued to comb areas sealed off throughout the city and surrounding countryside. The move to detain the man came a day after Karen's parents Marian (61) and John (62) issued a heartfelt appeal to have their daughter home.

"We just want Karen home safely. We are desperate. She is our only daughter. We love her dearly," Marian said.

As a network of police spread out across the city, one of her brothers Kieran (28) travelled from Sydney.

Hundreds of officers moved to cordon off land near High Craigton farm on a rural road to the north of the city.

Earlier, police had appealed for information about a grey car spotted driving suspiciously on the country road between 11am and 3pm on Monday.

Off-road motorbikes, air support units and fire engines arrived as a search of the rugged terrain got underway behind the farm late yesterday.

A heavy police presence also continued to surround the cordoned-off Dorchester Avenue apartment where Karen was reportedly last seen.

Officers in forensic suits were closely examining the back yard, and sorting through rubbish bins at the rear of the property.

During their search, they found various articles of clothing which were taken into evidence.

A large-scale search operation was also underway in Dawsholm Park where Karen's handbag was found, with hundreds of officers combing the area.

Karen's bag was found in a bin near an entrance to the nature reserve on Tuesday.

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