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Thursday 19 October 2017

Gardai in missing Tina probe examine cases found by her husband

Richard Satchwell with photo of his missing wife, Tina
Richard Satchwell with photo of his missing wife, Tina

Gardai investigating the disappearance of missing woman Tina Satchwell are examining two suitcases found in a car park by her husband.

Ms Satchwell disappeared from the home she shared with husband Richard in Youghal, Co Cork, on March 20 and there has been no sign of her since.

She was reported missing by Mr Satchwell on March 24, sparking a major garda search and public appeal for information.

Despite numerous searches, there is still no trace of the 45-year-old.

Mr Satchwell told TV3 News yesterday that he spotted the suitcases on a date last month near a recycling bin in the car park of a Tesco in Youghal.

Gardai were contacted and the suitcases were removed for examination.

Mr Satchwell said one of them bore a resemblance to one belonging to his wife, but he could not be sure about the other.

The truck driver has issued several appeals for Ms Satchwell to come home.

He said he returned to their house on March 20 to find his wife - and two suitcases - gone.

Passport

She had no passport, her mobile phone was left at home and her bank account has not been acc- essed since her disappearance.

A trawl of CCTV found no trace of Ms Satchwell, and gardai now believe she never left Ireland.

Mr Satchwell has repeatedly said he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.

His house has been searched by gardai as part of their investigation.

"I have been asked questions but I haven't been cautioned," he said.

"It got back to me through a member of my family that they were asking what I thought was unfair questions, about do they think that I could harm my wife.

"I came back to gardai here in Youghal and I made a complaint. I wouldn't lift a finger to my wife.

"It was very upsetting. I felt that it was unfair.

"But then, as your brain starts clearing a small bit, you understand they've got this routine that they go through."

Gardai have asked for security footage from all major ports and airports to be checked, but none has so far offered any clue as to Ms Satchwell's movements.

Her husband said he believes she has "taken a break".

"She's been very upset in recent months. She's had a few fights within her family over the past few years," he said.

"I think it took its toll and that's why I think she left. She needed to get her head around things. I hope she'll turn up suddenly, the way she disappeared."

The couple are both origin- ally from the UK and they got married on Ms Satchwell's 21st birthday.

They lived in Fermoy for 18 years before moving to Youghal last May.

"We loved the area," said Mr Satchwell. "It's tough when you move somewhere new and you know nobody. Tina is a lot more outgoing than me so she would be out and about."

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