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

Marian and John Buckley, parents of missing girl Karen Buckley, make a statement during a press conference at Govan Police Office in Glasgow
Marian and John Buckley, parents of missing girl Karen Buckley, make a statement during a press conference at Govan Police Office in Glasgow
Marian and John Buckley, parents of missing girl Karen Buckley, make a statement with Police Scotland Detective Superintendant Jim Kerr (right) during a press conference at Govan Police Office in Glasgow
Marian and John Buckley, parents of missing girl Karen Buckley, make a statement during a press conference at Govan Police Office in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 14, 2015
Karen Buckley

The parents of a student who went missing after leaving a Glasgow nightclub have appealed for help in finding her, saying they are "desperate" for her to come home safely.

A search was launched for Karen Buckley, 24, after she was seen on CCTV footage in the early hours of Sunday morning talking to a man outside the Sanctuary in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow.

The family of Miss Buckley, who is from Cork, have flown to Scotland to help with the search.

Her mother Marion told a press conference in Glasgow: "We just want Karen home safely, we are desperate. She is our only daughter, we love her dearly.

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"If anybody has any information please come forward, we would dearly appreciate it."

Miss Buckley arrived at the club 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.

She was seen outside on CCTV talking to a man and then walking west along Dumbarton Road towards Church Street.

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

Officers have traced the man Ms Buckley was seen speaking to outside the nightclub, and he is ''helping police with inquiries''.

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Karen Buckley

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

He told the press conference: "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."

He added: "There was talk of another man she had been seen with. We've also traced him, we've spoken to him."

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 appealed for people to come forward with any information about the missing woman's whereabouts, saying while it "may seem insignificant to them, however to us it may be the piece of information that leads us to finding her".

He said the public response so far had been "encouraging", adding: "People really do want to help.

"However, at this time we need the information about her whereabouts and her movements after leaving the club."

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