A SEARCH is underway at a Cork woodland this morning following a breakthrough in information regarding 46-year-old Tina Satchwell who has been missing from her home since last March.
According to RTE reporter Pascal Sheehy, Gardai have sealed off Mitchell’s Wood outside Catslemartyr in east Cork following information from what was described as a credible source.
The 40-acre forest is not far from where Tina Satchwell went missing from her home in Youghal on 20th March 2017.
.@PaschalSheehy reports that Gardaí will later today begin a search of a 40-acre area of woodlands close to the village of Castlemartyr in east Cork as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Tina Satchwell. https://t.co/cFyZMvoTIV pic.twitter.com/lW790OyY3j
— RTÉ (@rte) March 5, 2018
Ms Satchwell’s husband Richard, returned home to their house on Grattan Street after a shopping trip to Dungarvan to find his wife had left.
He reported her missing four days later.
Ms Satchwell’s phone was found at the house but she did not have a passport, despite the belief that she may have travelled to the UK where both herself and her husband met 26 years prior.
To date, there has been no evidence to suggest that the missing woman has been in the UK in the last year.
Relatives and friends of the woman have remained perplexed by her disappearance.
Speaking to RTE’s Prime Time in January, Richard Satchwell said that his wife had suffered from anxiety for years: “She obviously felt she needed a break, to get her thoughts together, to get her head straight.”
The search is expected to last up to two weeks and marks the second major search by gardai for Ms Satchwell following a search by divers from the Garda Water Unit of an area of the Youghal quays last August.
The investigation team is expected to hold a press briefing in Midleton Garda Station at some stage today.
This is Mitchel’s Wood, #Castlemartyr, in East #Cork. Gardaí sealed off this 40-acre site on Friday. They plan to search it extensively as part of their investigation into the disappearance of #TinaSatchwell. That search may take two to three weeks. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/ufuor4CblX
— Paschal Sheehy (@PaschalSheehy) March 5, 2018