THE husband of missing Cork woman Tina Satchwell has insisted that she would not have gone to the woods where gardaí are currently conducting a massive search operation.
Richard Satchwell said he did not believe that his wife had ever been to Mitchel’s Wood, in Castlemartyr, before.
“I know for a fact – because she wouldn’t walk any strange woods with me – so there’s no way that she would do it on her own,” he told RTÉ’s Prime Time.
“I know she never has been there while she has been with me. And she’s been with me since she was 17 and I can’t imagine her ever going there as a child.
"It makes no sense at all because I know Tina. Tina would not go near that woods on her own or in the company of anybody. I can vouch for that, I can 100% put that on the line.”
Meanwhile, locals in Castlemartyr have been gripped by the Garda and army presence in their community.
Local resident Dave O’Keeffe said the community was curious about the Garda search operation but hoped “nothing bad” was found.
“The whole area is concerned and hoping that it is nothing bad, but we just don’t know.
Mr O’Keeffe said “We don’t know much about it, the area is all cordoned off. There is a huge search going on and there is speculation it is that poor lady from Youghal so we just don’t know. Nobody knows anything for definite.”
Mr O’Keeffe said he understood the search had to be done, but he said it was a pity.
The village has worked hard on that wooded area, we have created walks and it is just sad that this is happening. There is nothing we can do about it. The search has to be done.”
The local resident said that the woods were well used by the local community and their loss would be felt over the next few weeks.
“The woods are very popular. We created woodland walks eight years ago and they are well used. It is unfortunate to have this happening now but we can’t do anything about it.”