Family, friends pray for missing Mom's safe return

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Friends and family of missing mother of two Gayle McCaffrey joined together in song and in prayer for her safe return Wednesday night.

McCaffrey has been a member of the First Baptist Church family in Charleston since she was a girl. Now, in an hour of need, her church family is praying for her.

"It's what Christ asks us to do and that's why we were here," said church member Don Gardener.

Mertice Craven sings in the church choir along with McCaffrey. She said when McCaffrey missed Sunday's service she thought she was tending to one of her children. Then when she learned McCaffrey was missing she knew the church needed to come together to pray for her.

"She is His child. He is taking care of her because she loved him with all her heart," Craven said.

McCaffrey was reported missing by her husband, Robert McCaffrey, on Sunday. He says the couple got into a verbal argument Saturday night and he left and went to a family home in Easley. Gayle McCaffrey was last seen around 9:30 or 10 p.m. Saturday at the couple's Limestone Boulevard home.

McCaffrey's boss, Dewey Yeatts, took an early flight back from Texas to be at the prayer service.

"She's just a great person and she is greatly missed at work. I know she is greatly missed by her family and friends," Yeatts said.

Yeatts said disappearing is just not in McCaffrey's nature. He and other co-workers are concerned for her safety.

"She does things in an orderly manner. So for her to just disappear, just to run off no and never to leave her kids. Never that is not Gayle," said family friend Chris Simmons.

McCaffrey's sisters say a custody hearing for the children will take place Thursday. Gayle's sisters say the children's father, Robert McCaffrey, wants to hand over custody to Gayle's sisters as the search continues.

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