Lead detective in Karen Buckley case thanks Irish public

Lead detective in Karen Buckley case thanks Irish public

THE detective in charge of the investigation into Cork student Karen Buckley’s death has issued an open letter of thanks to the Irish public for their assistance in the case.

Karen had been studying occupational therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University when she was killed following a night out at a Glasgow nightclub almost a month ago.

In his letter, Police Scotland Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said: “Throughout our investigation in to the death of Karen Buckley in Glasgow in April 2015 we received and continue to receive messages of appreciation from people in Ireland.

“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone for taking the time to contact us and for their thanks and continued support. It is very much appreciated by myself and the dedicated team of officers who are involved in the investigation.”

The 24-year-old student was on a night out with friends on April 11 when she went missing.

Following a massive search effort in Scotland, her body was discovered on a farm at High Craigton, six miles north of Glasgow, on April 15.

Karen’s funeral took place last week in her native Mourneabbey, Co. Cork, where thousands of people from across Ireland and Scotland came out to pay their respects.

Alexander Pacteau, of Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow, remains in police custody in Glasgow charged with her murder.

The 21-year-old has appeared before Glasgow Sheriff Court twice to date.