Limerick friends appeal for missing student Karen Buckley

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Karen Buckley, 24, from Mallow, who has been missing since the early hours of last Sunday morning
A SPOKESPERSON for University of Limerick said their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of missing student Karen Buckley.

A SPOKESPERSON for University of Limerick said their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of missing student Karen Buckley.

The Cork woman, 24, is a nursing graduate of UL, who recently moved to Glasgow to further her studies in occupational therapy.

The statement issued from UL - expressing the hope that she will soon be found safe and well - has been shared in social media sites nearly 200 times, as a huge campaign mounts to find her.

One of her best friends, Julie Malone, a graduate of Limerick Institute of Technology, has also encouraged people to come forward with any information.

“My best friend has been missing since Saturday night,” she wrote. “Someone must know where she is so please, please share (this information). Her family and friends are waiting for news of her whereabouts. She was last seen leaving The Sanctuary nightclub, 59 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, at 1.02 am. Karen is 24 years old, 5’3, 8 and a half stone with black hair, styled curly and long on the night she went missing.”

At a news conference in Scotland, her mother Marion Buckley said yesterday: “We just want Karen home safely. We are desperate. She’s our only daughter. We love her dearly and if anyone has any information please come forward.”

Police, who now are gravely concerned for her safety as the search enters its fourth day, confirmed that a man they were seeking in relation to her disappearance was assisting them with their inquiries and is not being treated as a suspect.

They said that she went with this man to an apartment after leaving a nightclub at around 1am on Sunday and left that apartment at 4am on foot. Police also believed they had found her handbag in a park this Tuesday afternoon.