Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley
Police search garages near a block of flats near Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days
Forensic Police search the back of a house on Dorchester avenue Glasgow that missing Irish student Karen Buckley may have gone after leaving the Sanctuary nightclub on Dumbarton Road, Glagow.

THE sheer scale of the dedicated police search for missing Karen Buckley may bring at least some cold comfort to her desperately worried family.

Hundreds of Scottish police officers have taken to the search effort - many giving of their time voluntarily - to help find the missing Cork woman.

Locals in Glasgow are consumed by the story and police have been inundated with offers of help in the search.

No stone is being left unturned in this major case.


From the moment she was reported missing at 5pm on Sunday by concerned friends, Scottish police have swung into action and declared that they have focused all efforts on the investigation.

"This is priority number one at the moment for Scotland," said Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr.

"Our absolute priority is to find Karen Buckley. We have a team of specialist search officers from the west and east working in the area."

Talk on the streets of the Scottish city was focused on the missing 24-year-old again yesterday. Locals have said "this just doesn't happen here" with many expressing concern for their young families.

Taxi driver Kevin Butler said the ordeal, which dominated national and local titles in Scotland again yesterday, left him feeling very worried.

"I have a young daughter, the thoughts of letting her out is absolutely terrifying," said the visibly shaken cabbie. "I always considered Glasgow a very safe city. I know it has its problems ... but this has me worried."

Dozens of ground units of police officers have been joined by specialist officers who have been combing Dawsholm Park and the surrounding area.

The constant hum of the police helicopter overhead is ever-present and marine units continued to search the icy waters of the Kelvin river while specialist crime division teams and police dogs scoured the ground.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has praised the police for their hard work adding that teams were working around the clock.

She said that the nation's "thoughts and prayers are with Karen Buckley and of course with her family."

Yesterday afternoon, police confirmed that they had detained a 21-year-old man in connection with the investigation.

Late yesterday evening, the search area extended from Dawsholm Park to a rural area at High Craigton and Windyhills Golf Club on a country road approximately 10 miles outside the city.

The park was the focus of police activity after a member of the public found Ms Buckley's handbag in a bin here.

But yesterday evening large police vans from the Emergency Planning Section arrived at High Craighton and the area was sealed off as well as another scene two miles away.

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