Gardaí have appealed to the local community of Castlemartyr to keep away from the 40-acre wooded area where the North Cork Garda Divisional Unit is conducting a search for evidence in relation to the disappearance of Tina Satchwell.
According to Superintendent Colm Noonan of Midleton Garda Station, who is leading the investigation, members of the public will not be allowed access to this area for the duration of the search operation, which is expected to take a number of weeks.
Supt Noonan said: “The site will be sealed off and the public is asked to remain away from the area. We would like to sincerely thank the public for their cooperation in this regard.” An incident room is based at Midleton Garda station and a team of detectives are working on the Satchwell case on an ongoing basis.
Supt Noonan said: “To date, this investigation has resulted in over 220 separate lines of enquiry being conducted, including liaison with colleagues internationally and engagement with Interpol.
“As a result of these enquiries and following detailed planning, a search has commenced today at woodland at Mitchel’s Wood, Bridgetown, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork for evidence relating to Tina’s disappearance.”
Supt Noonan also said the Gardaí are in regular contact with the Satchwell family, who have been informed of the search operation. He asked that the family be allowed privacy during this difficult time.
“You will appreciate that this is a very stressful time for them and I would urge that they are afforded privacy at this time."
The search is expected to take two to three weeks and is the result of extensive work on the Satchwell case which has followed local, national and international lines of inquiry in the hunt for this missing person.
It is understood that the search has been instigated by Gardai after a person matching Ms Sathwell's appearance was believed to have been seen in the woods with another individual.
Supt Noonan said: “I am confident there is an absolute requirement to conduct the search. I'm hoping I find evidence, in relation to, or connected to, the disappearance of Tina Satchwell.”
The Midleton Superintendent once again appealed to the public for any information that might assist their investigation into the disappearance of Tina Satchwell.
"We are appealing to any member of the public who may have any information concerning Tina to contact us in the strictest of confidence. Particularly I wish to urge anyone who has information relating to activity in or around the woods at Mitchel’s Wood, Bridgetown, Castlemartyr at the time of Tina’s disappearance in March 2017 to contact the incident room at Midleton Garda Station at 021 4621550 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111.”