Sister to get custody of missing woman's children

Debbie Pearson and sister, Helen Banach.
Debbie Pearson and sister, Helen Banach.
Gayle McCaffrey (Source: Debbie Pearson)
Gayle McCaffrey (Source: Debbie Pearson)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge has ruled that the sister of missing woman Gayle McCaffrey will get custody of her kids.

Debbie Pearson will get custody of McCaffrey's two children, ages 10 and 4. Their father, Robert McCaffrey, will have supervised visits. According to Gayle McCaffrey's sisters, Robert McCaffrey wanted to hand over custody to the sisters as the search continues for his wife.

"We're very pleased that the courts have given us custody of the children," Pearson said. "We're going to get them home, get them back to the family, get them settled and then we're going to find my sister."

Gayle McCaffrey hasn't been seen since Saturday night and her husband reported her missing on Sunday.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says the children were taken into protective custody because they were found home alone and because of the circumstances surrounding their mother's disappearance.

"Currently, we have a person of interest we are currently focusing our investigation on," Chief Deputy John Clark said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. "Our investigation has allowed us to gather evidence and have identified some people we are specifically talking to that is providing us with information surrounding her disappearance."

According to the incident report, McCaffrey told deputies he went to a family home in Easley to clear his head after the couple had an argument late Saturday night. McCaffrey was pulled over for speeding in traveler's rest and given a ticket.

Authorities say when McCaffrey came home early Sunday morning his wife was nowhere to been seen.

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