Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Somebody just doesn't disappear like that' - Family of woman missing nearly three months 'thinking the worst'

Tina Satchwell (inset), Margaret Maher, Sarah Howard and Lorraine Howard. Picture: TV3 News screen grab
Tina Satchwell (inset), Margaret Maher, Sarah Howard and Lorraine Howard. Picture: TV3 News screen grab
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The family of a woman who went missing from her home 13 weeks ago say they are deeply concerned for her welfare.

Tina Satchwell (45) was last seen in Youghal, Co Cork on March 24. Ms Satchwell, who is originally from Fermoy, left her home that Friday evening and has not made contact with family or friends since.

A trawl of CCTV, phone records and the missing woman's bank accounts has also failed to turn up any results.

Speaking to TV3 News, cousin Sarah Howard explained that Ms Satchwell "seemed happy" the last time they met.

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

"I didn't suspect that this was going to happen. We just talked and everything was normal so this is unexpected."

She told reporter Paul Byrne:

Somebody out there has to know where she is. Somebody has to know some bit of information. Somebody just doesn't disappear like that.

Tina's half sister Lorraine Howard said they know that Tina sent her husband Richard away on the day to get her something in the shop.

"And in that hour, from the time he went to the shop until he came home, she was missing. There were two bags packed, documents gone and just disappeared off the face of the earth from there."

Aunt Margaret Maher issued a plea directly to Tina begging her to just make contact.

"We are really worried. Three months is a long time without any contact. We have nothing at all."

Lorraine suggested that Tina "take a photograph of herself with a copy of today's newspaper".

Garda forensics experts have carried out a trawl of the missing woman's home but the results of this have not been released for operational reasons

Margaret said: "After three months you're thinking if she don't contact us about this we are thinking the worst."

Lorraine added that Tina and husband were "always together so it was extremely unusual for her to be away from him for this long.

Ms Satchwell nee Dingivan is described as being 5”6 in height, of medium build with blue eyes and blonde shoulder length hair.

The disappearance is said by her family to be totally out of character and they are now deeply concerned for her welfare.

Anybody with information is being asked to contact Midleton Garda Station on (021) 4621550 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111.

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