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Thursday 22 February 2018

'I thought they found a body' - Husband of missing Tina called to identify items washed up on beach

Richard Satchwell pictured holding a photo of his wife Tina in one of her two large walk-in wardrobes Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell pictured holding a photo of his wife Tina in one of her two large walk-in wardrobes Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The husband of missing Tina Satchwell (45) said he thought gardai found her body when he was called to identify items washed up on a local beach.

Mrs Satchwell was last seen at her home in Youghal, Co Cork, on March 20.

Gardaí stressed they are "very concerned" for the woman who vanished without trace almost four months ago.

Tina's husband, Richard told Independent.ie that he was called on Tuesday to identify women's items that were found on a beach in Youghal.

Richard Satchwell ,Tina’s husband pictured in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell ,Tina’s husband pictured in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"Gardai asked if I could come down to identify women's clothes that they found on a local beach here in Youghal.

"They had previously asked for a DNA sample and wanted to see if I recognised Tina's clothes. There were all kind of thoughts going through my head. I thought I was going down to identify Tina's body."

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

Richard said that he was glad that some of Tina's family came down to help him with the process.

"Her family came down to support me in case they found something bad. I thought they found a body.

Tina Satchwell from Youghal Co Cork
Tina Satchwell from Youghal Co Cork

"The relief when the clothes weren't Tina's..."

The truck driver added that the gardai "can't put a finger" on what happened.

"She disappeared without a trace."

Gardai confirmed to Independent.ie that they conducted a search in Youghal along with the Coast Guard.

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

"A number of items were recovered and Richard was invited to identify them in order to rule in or rule out them in the investigation.

"Unfortunately he wasn't able to identify anything that would help the investigation.

"At this time of the year it can be common for people to leave clothes behind on beaches unfortunately.

"It's a mystery at the moment. No one can account for where she is."

Tina Satchwell with her husband Richard
Tina Satchwell with her husband Richard

In an exclusive interview, Richard took Independent.ie on an intimate tour of the home he shares with Tina.

His house was searched by gardaí last month as part of their hunt.

"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.

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"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. Gardaí now believe she never left Ireland.

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."

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