Tuesday 16 October 2018

'I'm always going to have hope' - says Richard Satchwell eight months after wife Tina's disappearance

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 said he will "always have hope", despite no new leads into her disappearance eight months later.

Tina Satchwell (45), originally from St Bernard's Place in Fermoy, has been missing from her home on Grattan Street in Youghal since March 20.

DISAPPEARANCE: Tina Satchwell has been missing from her home in Youghal, Co Cork, since March 20
DISAPPEARANCE: Tina Satchwell has been missing from her home in Youghal, Co Cork, since March 20

Despite hundreds of leads and a water search operation, no trace of Tina has been found since her disappearance.

After making numerous media appeals for information into his wife's disappearance, Richard Satchwell said he doesn't wish to speak publicly at the moment about his missing wife.

However, he did tell Independent.ie that despite no new leads eight months after his wife went missing, he'll never lose hope.

"I'm always going to have hope," he told Independent.ie.

Richard Satchwell, husband of missing Tina Satchwell, in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell, husband of missing Tina Satchwell, in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Garda Inspector Brian Goulding said that in recent months no new evidence has come to light.

“There are no new lines of inquiry. The case is still active and open but there has been nothing new. We are continuing our probe into the investigation.”

A number of appeals and searches have taken place in the past eight months for missing Tina.

The Garda Water Unit conducted a search around Youghal port in connection with her disappearance and further searches were carried out in urban areas around the town by members of the Divisional Search Team and the Cork City Garda Dog Unit.

Missing: Tina Satchwell (45)
Missing: Tina Satchwell (45)

Gardaí were assisted by Irish Army Specialists and members of Irish Search Dogs, as part of the biggest search operation conducted so far as part of the investigation.

Gardaí previously confirmed that no new developments emerged as a result of the search.

Her husband Richard Satchwell revealed last summer that he spotted two suitcases belonging to his wife in the car park of a Tesco in Youghal, near the recycling bin. 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.

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

Mr Satchwell, who was married to Tina for 25 years said he has no idea what happened to his wife and best friend.

He reported her missing to gardaí in Youghal on March 24, saying he waited a few days as he thought she may have needed to "get her head straight" after what he said were several months of anxiety.

In a previous interview with Independent.ie Mr Satchwell said it was out of character for his wife to disappear.

"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. It has thrown me because it’s so completely out of character for her."

When asked if gardaí considered him a suspect in his wife’s disappearance he told Independent.ie previously, that "I have been asked questions but I haven’t been cautioned".

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

“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 the 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.

“They searched the house when I was up the country. I didn’t know that they were going to search it but now they have a key to enter whenever they like.

“I’ve told the truth. I’ve nothing to hide.”

Richard said that he’ll never forget the day that Tina went missing.

“She got up in the morning and did the usual thing. She asked me if I’d drop over to Dungarvan and get fish. When I returned two hours later she wasn’t there. I found her keys on the ground as I walked in. She’d normally be watching MTV or some other chat show but there was no sign of her.

“I thought she went out for a walk but when she didn’t come back, naturally I got a sickly feeling.

“We had conversations of late so I said ‘right she’s gone down to a member of family for a while’ so I gave her a couple days and I left to visit my doctor on the Friday. When I found out that nobody had seen her, it was like everything fell away.”

He said the “conversations” were about anything and everything as they were “best friends”.

“I went along with the kind of wishes I thought she would have wanted me to do. I know some people think I should have reported it straight away but I made a judgement call, right or wrong. Since then I’ve done a lot of work with the guards trying to trace her. It’s just totally odd. Nobody has said that they’ve seen her. Especially here living on the main road. As far as I understand she didn’t get a taxi or a bus or anything like that because nobody saw her. I’m confused.”

He added that originally he thought that Tina left to “get 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. It’s just completely odd.

“I bought her everything she ever wanted.

“She took clothes, money. I haven’t got a clue what clothes she took because she’s got so many it’s like a department store.”

Although his wife didn’t take her keys and phone, he didn’t think it was strange.

“The keys I thought she dropped and she seldom used to take her phone.”

He said his day-to-day life is now “miserable” without his wife, who trained as a chef but never worked.

“I don’t have anything to smile about anymore. The dogs are waiting for Tina to come home.

“My life is hell. After having 28 years of sharing my life with her, for her to just suddenly be gone is heart-breaking.”

Gardaí are appealing for anybody with information to contact Midleton Garda Station on (021) 4621550 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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