‘Items of interest’ including fragments of a woman’s clothing found during search for missing Tina Satchwell in Cork woods

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The 45-year-old hasn’t been seen since leaving her home 20 kilometres away in Youghal on March 24, 2017

FRAGMENTS of a woman’s clothing have been found during a search for missing Tina Satchwell.

Sixty cops and a team of cadaver dogs from the UK are currently combing 40 acres of Mitchell’s Wood in Castlemartyr in Cork.

Missing Tina Satchwell

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Missing Tina Satchwell

The 45-year-old hasn’t been seen since leaving her home 20 kilometres away in Youghal on March 24, 2017.

It is understood they have found items of interest in the woodland after a week of searching.

These have been sent to Dublin for forensic examination.

The search teams which include gardai, specialist dogs including cadaver dogs brought in from England and members of the army have covered over half of the 40 acres.

A source told us: “We are pleased with the progress to date and have come across a number of items which could prove helpful in the case.

Tina has not been seen since March of last year

Tina has not been seen since March of last year

Gardai searching Mitchell’s Wood in Castlemartyr

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Gardai searching Mitchell’s Wood in Castlemartyr

“But until forensic examinations of these have been completed in Dublin, we have to wait to see how useful the discoveries are.”

Officers investigating Tina’s ­disappearance ramped up their search following a tip-off from a “credible witness”.

Richard on RTE’s Ray D’Arcy show on Saturday night

Richard on RTE’s Ray D’Arcy show on Saturday night

It is understood the witness told gardai they saw Tina enter the woods.

After visiting last Thursday, her husband ­Richard said: “Knowing what’s going on behind me, with barriers there, I’m even more trying to fill myself with hope.

“I’m not a religious man but I’m having a little prayer, praying that all of this turns up nothing.”

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