Army and Garda divers carry out searches across Irish harbour and woodland for missing Tina Satchwell
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Army and Garda divers carry out searches across Irish harbour and woodland for missing Tina Satchwell

THE IRISH army and An Garda Síochána have carried out searches across an Irish harbour and woodland for missing Tina Satchwell. 

The searches were carried out after An Garda Síochána followed leads into the Irish woman's disappearance.

Mrs Satchwell disappeared from her home in Youghal, Co. Cork on March 20 this year, and was reported missing by her husband Richard Satchwell four days later.

Garda divers searching the sea bed at the harbour (Picture: 3News)
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According to Mr Satchwell, his wife left their marital home with €26,000 and two suitcases, one of which he believed he found in a Tesco car park some weeks ago.

On Saturday, August 19, An Garda Síochána, including specialist Garda divers from the Water Unit, and the Irish Army carried out two simultaneous searches in Youghal, Co. Cork.

Garda divers searched the seabed along the sea wall in the harbour in the seaside town, while army personnel, gardaí and a specially trained sniffer dog were working different sections of the the Golflinks Road, a rural wooded area of the town.

Army personnel also carried out a search alongside An Garda Síochána in Youghal, Co. Cork (picture: 3 News)

According to 3News, maps and charts of woodland and waterways were examined carefully by a specialist search team and then areas of interest were then identified.

Superintendent Eamon O'Neill from Midleton Garda Station said: "Since her disappearance, we've set up an incident room in Midleton Garda Station.

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"We have carried out over 200 lines of enquiry, locally, nationally and internationally.

"As part of our ongoing investigation and enquiries as to the whereabouts of Tina Satchwell, it has led us to these searches today."

While Supt O'Neill appealed to the public for help, he also appealed directly to Mrs Satchwell.

Supt O'Neill has said gardaí are treating Tina Satchwell's disappearance as a missing person case, nothing 'more than that' (Picture: Garda Press/Rollingnews.ie)

"We would appeal to anyone, particularly if anyone knows any whereabouts of Tina Satchwell, and people have rang us and we thank the public for their assistance, but unfortunately nothing has come of those potential sightings," said Supt O'Neill.

"We'd also like to appeal to Tina if she's out there. Make contact with somebody, make contact with her family, make contact with her husband, make contact with somebody.

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"We just want to put closure to this.

"We keep an open mind with these things – we have to – and as far as we're concerned, Tina Satchwell is a missing person, and we're treating her no more than that," Supt O'Neill said.

The searches in Youghal have now concluded, but Gardaí have said any information in relation to Tina Satchwell – Missing Person should be communicated to Midleton Gárda Station on (021) 4621550.