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Tuesday 22 October 2019

'No new developments in investigation' as search for missing Tina Satchwell called off

Tina Satchwell from Youghal Co Cork
Tina Satchwell from Youghal Co Cork
Richard Satchwell, husband of missing Tina Satchwell, in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Tina Satchwell from Youghal Co Cork
Tina Satchwell
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Gardai have called off a massive search operation for missing Cork woman Tina Satchwell.

Earlier today gardaí were conducting searches in Youghal, Co Cork in connection with the disappearance of Tina Satchwell earlier this year.

Ms Satchwell (45), originally Tina Dingivan from St Bernard's Place in Fermoy, has been missing from her home on Grattan Street in Youghal since March 20 when her husband, Richard, returned from a shopping trip to Dungarvan and found she had left the house.

The Garda Water Unit was conducting a search around Youghal port in connection with her disappearance.

However, the garda press office said they weren't aware of any new developments into the disappearance after today's search.

Further searches will be carried out in urban areas around the town by members of the Divisional Search Team and the Cork City Garda Dog Unit.

Gardaí were assisted by Irish Army Specialists and members of Irish Search Dogs.

It was one of the biggest search operations conducted so far as part of the investigation.

Mr Satchwell reported her missing to gardai in Youghal on March 24, saying he waited a few days as he thought she may have needed to "get her head straight" after what he said were several months of anxiety.

Gardaí have described her disappearance was “out of character”.

Her husband Richard revealed last month that he spotted the two suitcases in the car park of a Tesco in Youghal, near the recycling bin. Gardaí were contacted and the suitcases were removed for examination.

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

On March 20 he 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 believe that she never left Ireland.

Previously in an exclusive interview, Richard took 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 say any information in relation to Tina Satchwell should be communicated to Midleton Garda Station on (021) 4621550.

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