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Thursday 15 November 2018

'I'll just sit and cry on the first anniversary of Tina disappearance' - husband

Richard Satchwell believes missing wife Tina is still alive
Richard Satchwell believes missing wife Tina is still alive

The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell has said he will spend the first anniver- sary of her disappearance in tears.

Tomorrow marks one year since Ms Satchwell (45) went missing from her home in east Cork seaside town of Youghal.

Her husband, truck driver Richard Satchwell, said he is not planning on marking the day in any way, but knows he will be "very upset".

Speaking on Today FM's Sunday Brunch, Mr Satchwell said he still believes his wife is alive.

"Honestly, knowing me, I'll just sit in the house and cry for the day," he said when asked how he will mark the anniversary.

"I do have support. I can go into Fermoy any time I'd like and sit down with people.

"Yes, the possibility someone hurt her is always there, but I do believe she is alive.

"I know Tina. Everyone who knows her would say the same.

"She's a fighter. You couldn't harm Tina without walking away without at least a few scratches on your face. She's a fighter, she always was.

"I do believe she is alive. I don't want to consider the other possibility."

Mr Satchwell also reiterated that he had no involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Bruise

"I never would hurt her. I could never lay a finger on my wife," he said.

"My wife went to the swimming pool every day for something like 15 years and was never seen with as much as a tiny little bruise on her body.

Mr Satchwell, who first met his wife 29 years ago, said he knows he has been criticised "for being on the TV more than Leo Varadkar", but his intention is "just one thing and that's to keep Tina's story out there".

He added that he is in contact with his wife's family and that he gets advice from them from time to time.

Mr Satchwell also said that while his wife had slapped him in the past, it never made him angry and he never hit her back.

He was speaking only days after gardai said they had received new information on the case and are now considering new search areas in the hunt for Ms Satchwell.

The revelation came as officers ended a major search in a Co Cork forest after failing to find any clues during a 12-day operation.

A team of 60 personnel had been painstakingly searching Mitchel's Wood outside Castlemartyr in east Cork since March 5 without any breakthrough.

Detectives confirmed that the search was now over, but revealed new information had come to light thanks to the intense publicity surrounding the case and repeated garda appeals.

"A number of items recovered during the course of this search will now be examined to establish whether they are related to the disappearance of Tina," a garda spokesman said.

Ms Satchwell, who is originally from Fermoy, disappeared from her Youghal home while her husband was on an errand to nearby Dungarvan.

Mr Satchwell said he was "relieved" that the garda search had not ended with the discovery of a body, and he was still praying that his wife would be found safe.

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