Latest: I am confident my wife will be found alive says husband as search of woods begins

Update: The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell says he was shocked to hear gardaí investigating her disappearance are set to begin a search of a wooded area in East Cork.

A cordon was imposed around Mitchel's Wood, at Bridgetown, just outside Castlemartyr village this morning for an operation that could take up to three weeks.

"I'm hoping that Tina is out there and she's going to get in touch," Richard Satchwell told 3News. "I don't want to even go down the road of thinking the other way because I won't be able to cope.

"I feel sick. I've been in touch with Tina's family and they're the same way."

He said he is confident his wife will be found alive.

"The worry is always there," he said when asked about the possibility her body may be found, but denied he had any involvement in her disappearance.

"I could never harm my wife. Never. Everybody who knows us knows that," he said.

"My wife is there somewhere and I do believe she's going to turn up and it will all be put to bed."

He said he hopes she will get in touch with him.

- Digital Desk

Earlier: Search of Cork woodland as part of Tina Satchwell disappearance to take weeks

By Eoin English

Update 12.30pm: Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Tina Satchwell almost a year ago have begun a major search of woodlands in East Cork today.

A cordon was imposed around Mitchel's Wood, at Bridgetown, just outside Castlemartyr village this morning for an operation that could take up to three weeks.

The woods have been sealed off and Supt Colm Noonan of Midleton Garda Station said members of the public will not allowed access to the area for the duration of the search.

At a media briefing in the last hour, Supt Noonan appealed to anyone who has information about activity in the woods at the time of Tina's disappearance in March 2017 to come forward.

He said detectives working on the investigation over the last 12 months have followed over 220 separate lines of enquiry, including liaison with colleagues internationally and with Interpol.

And as a result of these enquiries, and following detailed planning, he said today's search operation was mounted.

It will involve over 60 gardaí, including members of the North Cork Divisional Search Team, backed by specialist search dogs.

The Defence Forces engineer corps are providing logistical support on site.

Members of the Satchwell, including Tina's husband, Richard, have been informed.

"We are in regular contact with the Satchwell family and they have informed of this search operation today," Supt Noonan said.

"You will appreciate that this is a very stressful time for them and I would urge that they be afforded privacy at this time.

"We are appealing to any members of the public who have any information concerning Tina to contact us in the strictest confidence."

You can contact Midleton Garda Station on tel: 021-4621550.

Earlier: Gardaí to begin search at east Cork site for missing Tina Satchwell

Gardaí will begin searching a site in east Cork today as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Tina Satchwell.

The 45-year-old has been missing from her home in Youghal for almost a year.

Mitchel’s wood in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, where Gardaí are conducting a search for the missing Tina Satchell. Pic: Dan Linehan

Tina Satchwell vanished from her home on Grattan Street in Youghal on March 20 last year.

She was last seen by her husband Richard before he left to do some shopping in Dungarvan.

He reported her missing four days later.

Gardaí sealed off a wooded area close to Castlemartyr last Friday and are due to begin a search this morning.

Tina Satchwell

It is expected to take up to two weeks.

A separate search in Youghal last August failed to find any trace of the missing woman.

Gardaí will update the media on their investigating later this morning.

Digital Desk

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