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'These last three years have been like learning to live with a disability' - Tina Satchwell's husband on anniversary of his wife's disappearance

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Richard Satchwell holding a photo of his wife Tina, who has been missing from their Co Cork for three years.

Richard Satchwell holding a photo of his wife Tina, who has been missing from their Co Cork for three years.

Richard Satchwell holding a photo of his wife Tina, who has been missing from their Co Cork for three years.

The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell said her disappearance has left him feeling like he is living “with a disability.”

Richard Satchwell said he was renewing his call for anyone with information to contact the gardai. He said in the past he believed gardai initially considered him to be a suspect in her disappearance and he had said then he would never harm her and he had “nothing to hide.”

The third anniversary of her disappearance was marked in recent days by a renewed garda appeal for assistance in their investigation.

Ms Satchwell was 47 when she went missing from her home on Grattan Street, Youghal, County Cork, on March 20, 2017. She was described as having a medium build with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Speaking at Midleton Garda Station on Thursday last, Superintendent Adrian Gamble said: “An Garda Siochana are firmly of the belief that credible information exists in the east Cork community that can assist our missing person investigation.”

The garda investigation team has so far followed 370 separate lines of inquiry, viewed 100 hours of CCTV footage and taken around 100 statements. Detectives have also been in contact with police forces internationally and with Interpol.

In August 2017, gardai launched a massive sea and land search and the Garda Water Unit carried out a search around Youghal port. A year after she vanished, a large number of gardai were deployed on an extensive search of Mitchell’s Wood near Castlemartyr in east Cork after receiving what they described as “reliable and credible information” regarding the movements of specific persons.

Mr Satchwell stated during the search of the woods that he was shocked and numbed and he was still hoping she would be located safe and well. He added: “I could never harm my wife, never, everybody who knows us knows that.”

In a statement sent to the Sunday Independent today, Mr Satchwell said: “I know that the country is going through a tough time and some may think I’m selfish in asking them to keep contacting the garda with any information about Tina."

He went on to state: “This is for Tina….If you are reading this, please make contact and, first of all, keep healthy. But if you only make contact to say that you don’t want me, I can live with that.

“These last three years have been like learning to live with a disability and it’s been hard.”

“Remember, love, and miss you.”

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