Tuesday 20 March 2018

Missing Tina Satchwell's husband found two suitcases in Tesco car-park

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of missing Cork woman, Tina Satchwell, are examining two suitcases found in a car park according to a report.

Tina vanished from the couple's home in Youghal on March 20 and, despite a major Garda appeal for her, no trace has been found.

She was reported missing on March 24.

Her husband 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.

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

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 Independent.ie about the case and has repeatedly said has nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.

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

Tina 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 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.

"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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