'No evidence' that missing Irishwoman Tina Satchwell travelled to UK, say police

'No evidence' that missing Irishwoman Tina Satchwell travelled to UK, say police

NO evidence has been found indicating that missing Cork woman Tina Satchwell traveled to the UK, it was revealed today.

The revelation comes as Mrs Satchwell's husband, Richard, again claimed to believe that his missing wife may have returned to Britain to live there.

Mr Satchwell, who was born in England, claimed that his wife's best friend is now convinced she is living in the UK – and may have been helped to disappear by a third party.

Tina, 45, did not have a passport but had previously lived in England and had acquaintances there.

Mr Satchwell also said his wife had been trying to memorise UK social security data in the months before her disappearance.

He has repeatedly claimed he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Mrs Satchwell was last seen at her home in Youghal, Co. Cork on March 20, 2017.

Gardai are continuing to search a 40-acre woodland in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, after receiving new information from an unnamed source.

Richard Satchwell has continually denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance

The search by Gardai, UK Search Dogs and Defence Forces engineering units, which began nine days ago, is expected to continue into next week.

Gardai have said they have absolutely nothing to indicate that Ms Satchwell may have travelled to Britain.

CCTV footage from every port and airport in Ireland was analysed and no one matching Ms Satchwell’s description was found.

British police have also checked for any trace of Ms Satchwell in areas where she used to live, with no trace found.

"There is nothing so far to indicate what happened to Tina or where she went," said a Garda source today.

"There is certainly absolutely nothing to indicate she travelled to the UK."

Mr and Mrs Satchwell met for the first time when the latter moved to live in England as a teenager.

Richard said that he fell in love with his future wife at first sight - despite anti-Irish sentiment within his family.

“Basically, my family are anti-Irish – I never spoke to my mother again before she died,” he said.

“I was given an ultimatum when I met Tina. I chose Tina. When I was brought up in school, all we heard about Ireland was the IRA.

“My mother missed out on knowing an amazing woman.”