16 Apr 2015

Body found at farm is missing Karen Buckley

Parents of Karen Buckley are “absolutely heartbroken” after police confirm the human remains discovered near Glasgow are that of the missing student.

Karen Buckley (Facebook)

Police investigating the disappearance of student Karen Buckley have confirmed that they have found her body on a farm north of Glasgow.

The 24-year-old was found dead as police searched around High Craigton Farm near the village Milngavie, six miles from Miss Buckley’s home.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with her death and will appear in court on Friday.


The Irish student vanished in the early hours of Sunday after spending Saturday night with friends at Glasgow’s Sanctuary nightclub.

She is said to have travelled to a flat in Dorchester Avenue with a man after leaving the premises in his company in the early hours of Sunday.

The qualified nurse moved to Glasgow in February and was a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Her family, from Cork, flew to Scotland to help in the search.

Her father John said in a statement: “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.”

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said: “We cannot imagine the pain and suffering of Karen’s family and friends and all our thoughts are with them at this very sad and distressing time.”


At the University of Limerick in Ireland where Misss Buckley began her nursing studies a special mass was held. “Karen was a very valued member of the UL community as well as the wider nursing and medical communities in Limerick, having spent time working in both the University Hospital Limerick and the University Maternity Hospital,” a university spokeswoman said.

“The thoughts of the entire UL community are with her parents and family and her wide circle of friends as well as her classmates and medical colleagues.”

Meanwhile Father Joe O’Keeffe, parish priest of Mourneabbey in north Cork, paid his tributes to the family. “All we can say to the parishioners is to pray for the Buckley family and to continue to keep them in our prayers,” he said.

“We are there for the family in solidarity with them and hopefully continue to be in the days that lie ahead. I suppose we were living in hope of better news.”