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As Karen's parents endured an agonising wait, the trail led to this Glasgow farm

Human remains were found at the farm late last night in the search for the missing Cork woman.

Source: PA

AS THE PARENTS of Cork student Karen Buckley agonised over the sudden disappearance of their only daughter, police in Scotland were expanding their search yesterday evening to a farm north of Glasgow city.

In the early hours of this morning, Scottish police confirmed human remains were found at the farm, which is on the outskirts of Milngavie. Though a formal identification has yet to be made, the search for the missing 24-year-old has now ended.

The search for Karen first began after the young Irish nurse told friends she was going to the toilet at The Sanctuary club in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Source: Google Street View

She failed to return and did not take her coat with her. CCTV footage from outside the club shows her talking to a man who police said she is believed to have travelled with in a car from Church Street to Dorchester Avenue.

The 21-year-old man told police that she left his flat on Dorchester Avenue at around 4am Sunday morning to walk home. Searches have been carried out in and around the block of flats by forensic police officers over the last couple of days.

Source: Andrew Milligan/PA

Source: Andrew Milligan/PA

Just after 2pm on Tuesday, Karen’s handbag was also found at a park in Glasgow that would not have been on the route to her home in the city.

Source: Andrew Milligan

Police had also appealed to the public to report any sightings of a grey car on the outskirts of the city on the Monday, in lay-bys or country roads.

Yesterday evening, the direction of the search shifted as the trail led to a High Craigton Farm on the north-western outskirts of Glasgow, about ten miles from the city. A 21-year-old man was detained but not formally arrested.

Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Here, forensic officers worked through the night, and this morning confirmed human remains had been discovered in one section of the farm.

Source: Andrew Milligan/PA

Source: Andrew Milligan/PA

Source: Andrew Milligan/PA

Here the trail ends and police are continuing to collect evidence at the farm today as the 21-year-old man who has been formally arrested is expected to appear in court  tomorrow.

Family friend Denise O’Brien earlier said she found the thought of Karen’s remains being found on a farm upsetting as she had come from “such a loving farm” at her home in Mourneabbey, Co Cork.

Read: ‘It’s every parent’s nightmare what has unfolded in recent days’>

Main story: Man (21) formally arrested after body found in search for Karen Buckley>

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