Northern Ireland

Fears growing for missing Ballycastle woman Karen Coyles

Karen Coyles
Image caption Karen Coyles has been missing since the weekend

Family and friends of a County Antrim woman who has been missing since Sunday are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety.

Karen Coyles, 47, chairperson of the Ballycastle Camogie club had just returned from Dublin where she and her team had been playing a match.

Her friends and relatives first realised there was something wrong when she did not turn up for work on Monday.

The coastguard, police helicopter and the local community are searching.

Her car, a silver Volkswagen Golf, was found outside the camogie club in Ballycastle at about 07:45 BST on Monday.

The search is due to resume on Wednesday.

A prayer service was held at McQuillan GAA club in Ballycastle on Tuesday evening.

At the weekend Ms Coyles, who worked in the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, captained the winning team in the all-Ireland camogie 7s tournament in Dublin.

Image caption Una Kelly said Karen's disappearance was "totally out of character"

Those who know her in the club said for her to disappear like this was completely out of character.

"Karen was on a high after captaining the team. She was in great form. This is totally out of character," said her friend, Una Kelly.

" She was really one of the things that bound everybody here together. That is why there has been such a big response from the club members.

"We know what she has done for us and everybody wants to find her safe and well."

They have appealed for people in the Ballycastle area to come forward with any information that might help find her.