Husband issued speeding ticket 4 hours after wife went missing

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County sheriff's deputies are still looking for clues into the disappearance of a 36-year-old West Ashley woman who hasn't been seen in three days. On Tuesday, police released a copy of a speeding ticket issued to the woman's husband just four hours after she was last seen and four hours from the couple's home.

Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey was reported missing by her husband, Robert McCaffrey, Sunday evening, less than a day after the couple got into a verbal argument. Gayle McCaffrey was last seen around 10 p.m. Saturday at the couple's Limestone Boulevard home.

Robert McCaffrey told deputies that after Saturday's argument he left the house and traveled to the couple's second home in Easley. McCaffrey said that when he returned home the following morning his wife was gone.

On Tuesday, the Travelers Rest Police Department released a copy of a speeding ticket issued to McCaffrey at 2:15 a.m. Sunday. The drive from the couple's Limestone Boulevard home to their Easley home is almost four hours. The speeding ticket was issued to McCaffrey about 30 minutes and 20 miles northwest of Easley. McCaffrey then drove the four hours back to West Ashley and reported his wife missing.

According to investigators, when deputies asked McCaffrey why he traveled to Easley at the last minute, he said that he was "very emotional and distressed about his marriage and wanted to get some space and time away."

McCaffrey said when he returned home, he noticed that his wife's wedding ring, car keys and checkbook were on the counter. McCaffrey also told investigators that his wife had left a typed letter which he gave to deputies.

The couple's two children, ages 4 and 10, were at the residence when deputies were called out to the house. The children have been taken into protective custody as detectives investigate the incident.

McCaffrey's disappearance is starting to worry those who know her well. Her co-workers say her spontaneous disappearance is out of character.

Every morning McCaffrey is on time and in her office at The Citadel's physical plant, but for the last few days her office has been empty and her lights off.

"We do want to see Gayle walk in the door at anytime and give her a big hug and I hope everything is OK," said James Grigg, director of operations at The Citadel's physical plant.

After seven years of service and three promotions, Grigg says McCaffrey is one of his best employees, which is why breaking the news to the rest of his staff about her disappearance Saturday couldn't have been harder.

"Just looking at photographs for her on web pages and looking for information and talking about her in general has been challenging," he said. "We're trying to bond as a group and help each other out and get through this process."

At her home away from home, co-workers are keeping the faith.

"We are hoping for the best," Grigg said.

McCaffrey is described as a white female, about 5'2" and weighing 155 pounds. She has reddish or brown colored hair and blue eyes.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of McCaffrey is asked to contact the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700.

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