Saturday 18 November 2017

Family 'confused' at husband's claims about wife now missing four months

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
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Tina Satchwell has been missing four months - something her concerned family say is completely out of character.

Days after her husband of 20 years gave a lengthy interview about her disappearance, her family say they are "very confused" by some of his claims.

They have expressed surprise at Richard Satchwell's claim she may have been in possession of a large amount of money when she disappeared.

A cousin of Ms Satchwell (45) - last seen on March 20 at her home in Youghal, Co Cork - said the family have been taken aback by coverage of Ms Satchwell's disappearance.

Sarah Howard was speaking after Ms Satchwell's husband Richard gave an interview to earlier this week, claiming his wife may have decided she needed a "break" to address personal issues.

Describing her disappearance as "very odd", Mr Satchwell said he believed his wife may have a large quantity of cash which was stored at their Youghal home.

Tina Satchwell
Tina Satchwell

"We are not getting into this - if he (Richard) wants to say things, then that is fine," Ms Howard said. "But we are not getting into this. We know the truth and that is all that matters to us."

She also expressed amazement at suggestions Ms Satchwell may have left home with a large sum of cash.

"If he (Richard) had these kind of things to say, maybe the (RTÉ) 'CrimeCall' programme was the best place to say them."

Ms Howard said there has been no sightings of Ms Satchwell since March 20: "There has been nothing - no sightings, no word, nothing. There is no way she would have been at an airport - she had no passport.

"We are very worried - the longer this goes on, the more we are beginning to fear the worst."

What is most baffling about the disappearance is that she had no travel documents, her mobile phone has not been used and her bank account has not been accessed since March 20.

The only thing missing from her home were two suitcases.

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This week, Mr Satchwell repeated his call for her to come home. "No one is mad at you - my arms are open," he said.

Mr Satchwell initially presumed she had travelled to visit her family nearby as even the pet dog she doted on was left behind.

"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," he said.

However, her family have dismissed suggestions that being upset at a family row may have been behind her disappearance.

Ms Satchwell's family, who hail from Fermoy in north Cork, insist the disappearance is completely out of character.

Her maiden name is Dingivan. She lived with her husband for many years in Fermoy before relocating to Youghal just over a year ago. Mr Satchwell reported her disappearance to gardaí on March 24.

The family said they are being kept fully informed by gardaí about their investigation but that there has been no clue so far about where she is.

The last sighting was at her Youghal home when she asked her husband to go to Dungarvan to buy fish. She wasn't there when he returned two hours later.

CCTV security camera footage at Irish ports and airports has offered no indication that Ms Satchwell travelled abroad.

Garda sources said it is believed she never left Ireland - but there is mounting concern for her safety and welfare.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have information to contact Midleton garda station on (021) 4621550 or the Garda confidential line (1800) 666111.

Irish Independent

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