Tuesday 22 January 2019

'Items of interest' discovered in woodlands hunt for missing Tina

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí have sent items of interest found in the search of woodlands for missing woman Tina Satchwell (45) to the State Laboratory for forensic tests.

The items, which are understood to include fragments of clothing, were found during the search of Mitchell's Wood outside Castlemartyr in east Cork for Tina who vanished on March 20, 2017.

However, a Garda source stressed it was unclear if the items were in any way connected to the case.

Gardaí, supported by Defence Forces engineering units and Search Dogs UK, have now combed more than half the 40-acre search zone over the past eight days.

Streams and rivers will now be examined by the Garda Sub Aqua Unit.

Gardaí have 250 different lines of inquiry.

Tina's husband, Richard Satchwell, said being told a witness who claimed he spotted her on a Dublin beach was not considered credible was like "having a bucket of cold water chucked over me".

Mr Satchwell also said his wife's best friend was convinced Tina was alive and living in the UK.

Before she vanished, his wife was memorising UK social security numbers.

Mr Satchwell also confirmed he had served time in prison.

"I was caught ... what they call social welfare fraud. I was working while claiming social welfare. That was here (in Ireland)," he told RedFM.

"As regards being in jail? Want the truth? I think I would sooner be there than where I am now.

"I was in prison over Christmas and New Year. I asked her (Tina) not to (visit). It was not an environment I would like her to be in.

"I have never denied to anybody - anybody that has asked if I was in prison."

Mr Satchwell said he believed the media were determined to tarnish his good name.

"The media don't care about my feelings or Tina's feelings - they just want to make me look bad. They want to turn the public on me."

Irish Independent

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