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Remains discovered at High Craigton Farm identified as Karen Buckley

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

The remains which were found at High Craigton Farm, just north of Glasgow city, following a four day search, have been identified as Karen Buckley.

A police statement in the last few moments confirmed the news.

In a statement read by Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr, her father John said the family were "absolutely heartbroken" by the news that remains found on farmland outside the city are that of their only daughter.

The statement said: "Marian and I, together with our sons Brendan, Kieran, and Damian are absolutely heartbroken.

"Karen was our only daughter, cherished by her family and loved by her friends.

"She was an outgoing girl who travelled the world, where she met lots of people and thoroughly enjoyed her life.

"We will miss her terribly."

Karen went missing after spending a night out at Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow. A post-mortem is due to be carried out later today. 

Karen was spotted on CCTV at 1am on Sunday morning leaving the club with Alexander Pacteau, who has been arrested in connection with her death.

Miss Buckley moved to Scotland in February and was a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Police remained at the farm off the A809 Bearsden to Drymen road this morning, with several officers standing guard at the entrance to the site.

The area around eight miles from the Sanctuary was cordoned off at around 6pm yesterday.

Searches had previously focused on Dawsholm Park, where Miss Buckley's handbag was found on Tuesday, and a property in the city's Dorchester Avenue.

Police dogs, divers and a helicopter crew were all tasked in the hunt for the student.

A fundraising page set up last night by Miss Buckley's University of Limerick nursing classmates has raised more than €30,000.

READ: Friends of Karen Buckley raise over €30,000 online to support family

They hope the cash will help her family meet costs while they are in Scotland.

A note on the gofundme page said: "A huge thank you to everyone for your kind words and amazing donations - the response has been overwhelming.

"We hope that what has been raised will be of help in any way possible to Karen's family."

UPDATE: The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, of which Karen was a memeber, have released a statement:

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) extends sincere sympathy, on behalf of all its members, to the family, friends and nursing colleagues of Karen Buckley who has died tragically in Glasgow.

Karen was a member of the INMO as a student nurse in University Hospital, Limerick.

Her family and her former colleagues in UHL are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

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