One of Karen’s best friends, Julie Malone, has been very vocal on social media and is urging people to keep sharing photos of her missing friend.
“My best friend has been missing since Saturday night. Someone must know where she is so please, please share,” she wrote, in a Facebook post.
“If you do one thing today just get at least two of your FB friends to join and share the group. It could be the start of chain to get her image out there. Help bring Karen back to her family and friends.”
Julie, who is originally from Tipperary and studied at Limerick Institute of Technology, expressed her support for Karen’s parents, Marion and John Buckley.
“Prayers and thoughts with Marion and John tonight. Only met them a handful of times but they are lovely people and doting parents. Karen has always spoke so fondly of her mum, dad and three brothers. She is a credit to her parents,” she wrote.
“Karen is a kind, caring girl who wouldn’t hurt a fly… perfect for the caring profession. Come back to us safe Karen, come back soon. Missing you my little Buckaroo. All your friends are supporting each other waiting on new news every second, of every minute, of every day. I love you.”
Another friend of Karen’s, Aoife Dooley from Galway, said she is “praying and hoping” Karen will be found safe and well and thanked everyone for keeping the awareness going.
“Thanks guys… just really trying to get answers to everything that’s confusing us now… still hopeful though and positive we will get her back,” she wrote.
Lorraine Murray, from Karen’s hometown of Mallow, says all Karen’s friends miss her “so much” and hope she comes home soon, while one of Karen’s classmates in Glasgow Caledonian University, Hailey McCallum, said she is “finding it difficult but trying to stay positive”.
Other friends are sharing posts from the Please Help Find Karen Facebook page.
The Department of Nursing and Midwifery at UL, where Karen studied, also lent their support.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire UL nursing community are with missing UL Nursing Graduate Karen Buckley and her family and friends, as are the thoughts of the wider nursing and medical community in Limerick.”