Police have traced man seen talking to missing Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

A major search operation is underway in Glasgow as police look for an Irish student nurse who hasn't been seen since the early hours of Sunday morning.

Karen Buckley, originally from Cork, was last spotted on CCTV at 1am on Sunday morning leaving Sanctuary nightclub with a man.

This man has now been located by Police Scotland and is now helping them with their inquiries.

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Karen is studying occupational therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University having previously studied nursing in Ireland.

She moved to Glasgow in January after working for a year in Essex.

Karen had arrived at the club at 11.45pm on Saturday with some friends and she told them she was going to the bathroom at 1am but she did not return or collect her jacket.

Police are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen her.

Inspector Gavin Smith told the Daily Record, "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."

Karen is described as being about 5'2" in height, with dark hair and brown eyes and she was last seen wearing a black jumpsuit and red high heels.

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.