Alexander Pacteau detained by police in connection with Karen's disappearance
Police confirmed they have detained courier firm director Alexander Pacteau in connection with the disappearance of Irish student Karen Buckley.
Pacteau, who was initially said to be assisting police with their investigation, told officers he left a nightclub with the nurse and was intimate with her on the night of her disappearance.
Recent reports indicate that a man is to appear in court after remains thought to be those of missing student Karen Buckley were discovered on farmland.
Alexander Pacteau met Karen Buckley at Sanctuary nightclub
Police said the 21-year-old was not being treated as a suspect but it has been confirmed he is now the chief suspect in the student's disappearance.
In a dramatic u-turn this evening, police detained him and took him into custody for official questioning at approximately 6.25pm.
Pacteau’s mother Noreen, 43, told The Daily Record:
“As you can tell by the police reports, he is not a suspect. She left his property at four o’clock in the morning and she was seen by other witnesses, not Alexander.