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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Scottish police search for Irish student who disappeared after telling friends she was going to use nightclub toilet

Student Karen Buckley, who disappeared after telling friends she was going to the toilet at Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow. Photo: Police Scotland/PA Wire
Student Karen Buckley, who disappeared after telling friends she was going to the toilet at Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow. Photo: Police Scotland/PA Wire

POLICE in Scotland are searching for an Irish student who disappeared after telling friends she was going to the toilet in a nightclub.

Karen Buckley, 24, from Cork, and her friends arrived at Sanctuary nightclub in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, at around 11.45pm on Saturday.

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 seen on CCTV outside talking to a man and then walking westwards along Dumbarton Road away from the city centre towards Church Street.

Friends of the Glasgow Caledonian University student raised the alarm yesterday, saying it was "very out of character" for her not to return home.

Her parents have flown over from Ireland as they also believe her behaviour is unusual.

Police are keen to speak to the man seen speaking to the 24-year-old, and appealed for any other information.

Inspector Gavin Smith said, "Friends reported Karen missing on Sunday 12 April 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.

"We are interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen Karen in the early hours of Sunday morning in the west end of Glasgow in order to help with our inquiries to locate her. We're particularly keen to get in touch with the gentleman who Karen was seen talking to around 1am on Sunday morning outside the Sanctuary nightclub as he may be able to help us.

"Karen had been drinking alcohol with her friends but they say she was not drunk and are very worried about her. Her parents have also flown over from Ireland as they believe this behaviour is very unusual and not like Karen at all.

"I would urge anyone who may have seen Karen at all on Saturday night into Sunday morning to get in touch with police on 101 with any information at all."

Miss Buckley is described as white, around 5ft to 5ft 2in with dark hair and brown eyes and had long black curly hair extensions in.

When last seen she was wearing an all in one black jump suit with red high heels and a black handbag. She speaks in 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.

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