Saturday 20 January 2018

Mystery over missing Tina deepens as CCTV search draws blank

Richard Satchwell pictured at Youghal Harbour
Richard Satchwell pictured at Youghal Harbour

Catherine Devine and Ralph Riegel

A search of CCTV security camera footage from ports and airports has revealed no indication missing woman Tina Satchwell (45) left the country.

The revelation came as gardaí stressed they are now "very concerned" for the woman who vanished without trace almost four months ago.

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

While two suitcases were missing from her home, personal documents and financial material were still in the house.

Her bank accounts have not been accessed and her mobile phone has not been used.

Mrs Satchwell's cousin, Sarah Howard, said there was "no way she would have been at any airport as she didn't have a passport".

Her husband Richard reported his wife missing on March 24 after initially thinking she had gone to stay with relatives.

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."

Irish Independent

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