Deputies find nothing new in latest search for missing woman

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County sheriff's deputies found nothing new on Tuesday following a search near a West Ashley church for Gayle McCaffrey, the 36-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week.

Sheriff's deputies, Charleston County Rescue and Charleston County Emergency Preparedness members conducted several foot searches in the general area of Highway 61 and Bees Ferry Road.

Earlier in the day, deputies set up a mobile crime scene unit near the St. Phillips AME Church and also used boats to search the nearby Ashley River.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office said Tuesday's searches were not based on any tips, but are meant to try and eliminate locations near the area where McCaffery went missing.

For the last few days, investigators have been pouring over items collected from McCaffrey's home last week. Deputies wrapped up a two-day search at McCaffrey's house in West Ashley on Friday. The mother of two has been missing for over a week.

Last week, investigators announced that they have a person of interest in the case, but are not giving a name at this time.

McCaffrey's husband, Robert McCaffrey, says he got into a verbal argument with his wife last Saturday night. He claims he left their home and when he got back Sunday morning she was gone.

According to deputies, Robert McCaffrey has not been fully cooperating in the investigation. The couple's children are now in the custody of Gayle McCaffrey's sister.

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