The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell has told RTÉ's Prime Time that his wife would never have gone willingly to the woodland near Castlemartyr in Co Cork being searched by gardaí.

Richard Satchwell said that his wife was not a trusting person and would not have gone there in the company of any person, and would not have gone there alone.

"I know Tina, I can vouch for this, Tina would never go near woods on her own, or go in the company of anybody.  She wouldn't even go near a strange woods with me.  I can 100 per cent put that on the line", he said.

Asked if he had considered the possibility that someone might have brought Tina to the woods unwillingly, Richard Satchwell said Tina would have put up a fight.

"If any harm has come to Tina in those woods someone would have seen somebody else severely damaged", he said.

Mr Satchwell said he had been told by gardaí on Sunday that a search was to take place.

He said that neither he nor Tina had ever been in the woodland currently being searched.

The search area is 18km from their home in Youghal, where Richard last saw his wife on 20 March last.