Person of interest named, arrest anticipated in missing woman's case

Chief Deputy John Clark speaks with the media Thursday.
Chief Deputy John Clark speaks with the media Thursday.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say they are looking into a person of interest and anticipate an arrest will be made soon in the disappearance of Gayle McCaffrey.

"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."

Clark did not release the name of the person of interest during Thursday's press conference, but said authorities aren't ruling anyone out, including McCaffrey's husband, Robert McCaffrey, who reported her missing Sunday. Deputies say MCcaffrey was not fully cooperative in the investigation.

Investigators are now working with the Traveler's Rest Police Department to solve the missing persons case. Robert McCaffrey, was issued a speeding ticket in Traveler's Rest the day he reported his wife missing.

"Over the last several days, we've been talking to a number of folks in and around Charleston as well as parts of Traveler's Rest," Clark said.

Clark said the investigation will shift back to the couple's Limehouse Boulevard home. Deputies will spend the next few days searching the home and the property. Deputies also plan to search Robert McCaffrey's car, which he drove to and from Traveler's Rest just hours after his wife went missing.

According to the incident report, Robert McCaffrey told deputies he went to a family home in Easley to clear his head after the couple had an argument late Saturday night. Authorities say when McCaffrey came home early Sunday morning his wife was nowhere to been seen.

Earlier Thursday, a custody hearing was held where a judge gave Gayle McCaffrey's sister, Debbie Pearson, custody of her two children. The judge also ruled that Robert McCaffrey will have supervised visits with the children.

Pearson said that she was glad to get custody of the two children so the focus can now be on finding her sister.

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

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