Skip to content
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal

Timeline: What's known about Karen Buckley's movements on the night she went missing

The 24-year-old from Cork hasn’t been seen since the early hours of Sunday.
Apr 15th 2015, 2:46 PM 22,370 1

THE SEARCH FOR Cork student Karen Buckley is continuing in Glasgow today.

This afternoon, officers have expanded their effort to include an industrial park close to the park where the 24-year-old’s handbag was found.

Some initial reports about the circumstances of Karen’s disappearance have been discounted by police in Glasgow in recent days. New details of the student’s movements on the night she went missing have also come to light, as the investigation gathers pace.

Saturday evening

Karen and her friends have drinks at their flat on Hill Street in Glasgow.


Saturday 11.45pm 

With her friends, Karen heads to The Sanctuary nightclub, on Dumbarton Road – not far from their flat.

Karen Buckley missing Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sunday 1am 

Karen tells her friends she is going to the toilet – but doesn’t return, and doesn’t take her jacket with her. She is seen on CCTV outside, talking to a man.

sant Source: Google Maps

Sunday, after 1am

Karen is seen walking westwards along Dumbarton Road – away from the city centre, towards Church Street.


Sunday 4am

After spending time with the man – who has spoken to police, and is not being treated as a suspect – Karen is believed to have left his Dorchester Avenue flat at around 4am. She was planning to walk back to Hill Street, around four miles away.

d1 (The man's flat is in the top right of this map). Source: Google Maps

Later on Sunday

Karen’s friends contact police to report her missing – saying the fact that she hadn’t been in contact was very out of character.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

cork This image of Karen was circulated by her friends on Twitter


Police launch a public appeal for help tracing Karen. Meanwhile, a grey car is seen is seen on country roads to the north-west of Glasgow - between Milngavie and Drymen. Police later say they are keen to trace the car.

f1 Source: Google Maps


Karen’s handbag is found in Dawsholm Park – near Dorchester Avenue. Karen’s parents appear at a news conference, telling the media they are “desperate” and appealing for anyone with information to get in contact.

ttt Source: BBC


After searching all night at the park – police expand their search to a nearby industrial estate, and a back lane and woods next to a canal at Dorchester Avenue.

Read: The latest on the search for Karen

Read: “We love her to bits and we are devastated”

Send a tip to the author

Daragh Brophy


    Back to top