Monday 27 January 2020

Gardaí examining two suitcases found in car park by husband of missing Tina

Richard Satchwell with a photo of his wife Tina, who is missing from their home in Youghal. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell with a photo of his wife Tina, who is missing from their home in Youghal. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Laura Larkin

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

Tina (45) vanished from her home in Youghal on March 20 and, despite a major Garda appeal for her, no trace has been found.

Her husband of 25 years Richard told 'TV3 News' that he spotted the two suitcases in the car park of a Tesco in Youghal, near the recycling bin on a date last month.

Gardaí were contacted and the suitcases were removed for examination.

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

Mr Satchwell has issued several appeals for her to return home and previously spoke with the Irish Independent about the case.

He has repeatedly said he has nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.

On March 20, Mr Satchwell, a truck driver, said he returned home to find her two suitcases and a large amount of cash gone.

Mrs Satchwell had no passport, her mobile phone was left in her home and her bank account has not been accessed.

A trawl of CCTV found no trace of her and gardaí now believe that she never left Ireland.

Previously, Mr Satchwell told the Irish Independent he had no idea what happened to his wife and "best friend".

"Tina is amazing. She is kind, she would give anybody anything," he said yesterday.

"Getting up and going like she did isn't like her at all. She loves our pets, she never used to leave and go out the door without the Chihuahua."

His house was searched by gardaí in June as part of their investigation.

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

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

"I came back to gardaí 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."

Gardaí asked for security footage at all major ports and airports to be checked. None has so far offered any clue as to Mrs Satchwell's movements.

Mr Satchwell said he believes his wife had "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.

"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 truck driver said he now works more than 12 hours a day, but occasionally stops his vehicle when he thinks he spots his wife.

He said he will never forget the day she went missing.

"She got up in the morning and did all the usual things. She asked if I'd drop over to Dungarvan and get fish," he said.

"When I returned two hours later, she wasn't there. I found her keys on the ground. She'd normally be watching MTV or some chat show.

"I thought she went for a walk but, when she didn't come back, naturally I got a sickly feeling."

Mr Satchwell has also offered to undergo a lie detector test to prove to everyone he has "nothing to hide" in relation to her disappearance.

In an earlier interview, Mr Satchwell pleaded for his wife to make contact with him, her family or the gardaí.

"I have nothing to hide," he said.

"If I was asked to take a lie detector test, I would take one."

Irish Independent

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