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Missing Satchwell ‘not a trusting person’

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 4:13pm

The husband of missing Cork woman Tina Satchwell has said his wife would not have willingly gone into unfamiliar woods.

Gardaí launched a search operation in Mitchell’s Wood in Castlemartyr on Monday in connection with the disappearance of Ms Satchwell. The 46-year old was last seen on 20 March 2017 in her home in Youghal. Gardaí said they were responding to a new line of enquiry which had led them to the 40-acre woods.

Speaking to RTÉ's Prime Time on Tuesday, Richard Satchwell said his wife was not a trusting person and would not have willingly gone into any woodland area she didn’t know.

“I know Tina, I can vouch for this, Tina was not a trusting person and would never go near a woods on her own, or go in the company of anybody. She wouldn't even go near a strange woods with me,” he said.

Mr Satchwell told the programme neither he nor his wife had been to the woods in question, saying they only knew Castlemartyr by passing through. He said he believed his wife would have put up a fight had she been brought there unwillingly: “If any harm has come to Tina in those woods someone would have seen somebody else severely damaged," he said.

Mr Satchwell said he had been given no more information than what had been given to the press. Revealing he still buys birthday and anniversary gifts for his wife in the hope she will come home, he added that he believes she is alive and issued a fresh appeal for her to get in contact: “I just want you to get in touch, to let people know that you’re alright and if you need time on your own, fair enough,” he said.

Gardaí said the search of Mitchell’s Wood would take several weeks to complete, with a specialised dog team and other services deployed at the scene. They are appealing to anyone with information relating to activity in the Mitchell’s Wood area in March 2017 to contact the incident room at Midleton Garda Station at 021-4621550 or the Garda confidential line on 1800-666111.

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