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Saturday 3 December 2016

Man (21) held in connection with hunt for missing student Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Marian and John Buckley

HUMAN remains found at a Scottish farm are believed to be those of missing student Karen Buckley.

A 21-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow after he was arrested by officers investigating the Irish student's disappearance in Glasgow.

Ms Buckley (24) had not been seen since she was reported missing after a night out in the city on Saturday.

READ MORE: Karen Buckley's family 'inundated today with messages of sympathy'

The man will be brought to Glasgow Sheriff Court tomorrow.

READ MORE: Prayers for Karen as local community rallies to mass of hope

The discovery of the remains was made in the early hours of this morning, 10km outside of Glasgow in neighbouring Milngavie.

Police have cordoned off land near High Craigton Farm and Windyhills Golf Club on a winding country road.

"Police Scotland officers have recovered human remains on a farm in north Glasgow, on the outskirts of Milngavie," Police Scotland said today.

"Formal identification has yet to take place, however, police believe that they may be those of missing woman Karen Buckley. Relatives are aware.Enquiries are continuing."

READ MORE: 'I have a young daughter and the thoughts of letting her out terrifies me'

The rugged terrain was searched by officers and firefighters overnight with air support units also on hand.

A large Emergency Planning Section vehicle arrived late yesterday evening at the site. Then, just after 9pm, three fire engines arrived at the scene.Searches are continuing today.

The Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow, where Karen was seen leaving at 1am on Sunday, today offered their sympathies via their Twitter account.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and her family," read the statement.

The occupational therapy student and the man were captured on CCTV leaving the premises after she told friends she was going to the bathroom.

READ MORE: Timeline around Karen's disappearance

A large-scale search operation was underway at another city location, Dawsholm Park, yesterday with teams of officers combing the area.

Investigators began concentrating on the parkland after Ms Buckley's handbag was found in a bin near an entrance on Tuesday.

The urban nature reserve was extensively searched in recent days.

However, search efforts moved to the site where the human remains were found last night after evidence was brought forward by a member of the public.

It's understood that an unknown but key piece of information given to police by a civilian was vital to the find this morning.

Police had been following several leads and have received a large number of calls.

Students and friends (inset) at Karen's college, Glasgow Caledonian University, gathered today on campus and cried openly as word of the discovery on the farm spread amongst them.

READ MORE: We are desperate for Karen to come home safely, say parents

Meanwhile, a fundraising page set up by Karen's nursing classmates from the University of Limerick raised over €16,000 overnight.

The fundraising effort is to help her family with their expenses while travelling in Glasgow.

Karen's mother Marian (61) and her father John (62), who run a family farm in Glynn, Mourneabbey near Mallow, had issued a heart-breaking appeal for information.

Her brother Kieran (28) joined his parents in the Scottish city from Sydney where he lives with his brother Damian (32).

The Buckleys' fourth child John (26) lives and works in Cork.

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