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Missing student parents 'desperate'

The parents of a student missing since leaving a Glasgow nightclub at the weekend have said they are "desperate" for her to come home safely.

A search was launched for Karen Buckley, 24, when friends raised the alarm after she failed to return home on Sunday.

She was seen on CCTV talking to a man outside T he Sanctuary in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, and police said he is ''helping them with inquiries''.

The pair left the club in the man's car and travelled to his flat in Dorchester Avenue. It is said that she left the flat at around 4am and was planning to walk home to her flat in Hill Street.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, from Police Scotland's major investigations teams, stressed that the man was "not a suspect".

A handbag which officers believe belongs to Miss Buckley was found in Dawsholm Park, near Dorchester Avenue, today. An entrance to the park was later cordoned off as officers and a police helicopter searched the area.

The family of Miss Buckley, who is from Cork in the Republic of Ireland, have flown to Scotland.

Her mother Marian told a press conference in Glasgow: "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.

Mr Kerr said: "We've traced the man she was with in Dorchester Avenue. He believes he was intimate with her at his flat consensually in the early hours of Sunday."

The police officer added: "From what we can see, she does not appear to be under duress, there's no signs of a struggle or reluctance on her part to leave the club.

"However, that does not mean that something untoward has happened to her at a later stage."

There has been no activity on her social media accounts in the last couple of days and her mobile phone is believed to be out of battery.

Miss Buckley is described as white and around 5ft to 5ft 2in. She has brown eyes and dark hair which had long black curly extensions in it.

When last seen, she was wearing a black jumpsuit with red high-heeled shoes and was carrying a black handbag. She speaks with an Irish accent.

She lives with three other student friends in a flat in Hill Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, and earlier on Saturday evening had drinks with friends in the flat before going to the nightclub, although her friends told police she was not drunk.

Mr Kerr said police are "gravely concerned" for her safety and officers are treating her disappearance as a high-risk missing person inquiry.

Police are also keen to find out more about a grey car that was seen on the roads between Milngavie and Drymen north of Glasgow between 11am and 3pm yesterday.

Mr Kerr said: "The activity of this grey car on the Monday is something that we're a wee bit concerned about. This car has been seen at various locations on these roads and I want to know why."

He added: "We are gravely concerned that Karen has come to some harm, whether that is down to foul play, criminality or she has taken unwell or had an accident is obviously still to be established."

Her father John Buckley, 62, was also at the press conference today.

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."

He added: "She always keeps in contact with her family and friends to let them know where she is and what she is up to. To not return to her flat or be in contact with her pals - not responding to texts and calls to her mobile is very, very worrying as it is so out of character."

Miss Buckley is a first year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She moved to Glasgow in February and before that was a nurse at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex.

She has three older brothers, Brendan, 32, Kieran, 28 and Damian, 27.


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