Police officer: Missing woman's husband had gun in his truck

Robert McCaffrey
Robert McCaffrey
Gayle McCaffrey
Gayle McCaffrey

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The police officer who pulled over Gayle McCaffrey's husband the day his wife was reported missing said he saw a gun sitting in McCaffrey's truck.

The traffic stop was on March 18, just hours before Robert McCaffrey alerted authorities to his wife's disappearance.

Traveler's Rest police officer Patrick Lavery says he caught Robert McCaffrey going 63 mph in a 45 mph zone around 2 a.m. in the Upstate. Lavery says when he walked towards the truck, McCaffrey apologized for going too fast and handed him a cell phone.

McCaffrey then told the officer to talk to the person on the other line to which the officer declined.

According to Lavery, McCaffrey admitted he was having wife and girlfriend problems. Soon after, Lavery spotted a gun in McCaffrey's truck.

"When all that was transpiring and he's getting out his license, digging for the information, that's when I first discovered the gun and first observed it on the center arm rest," Lavery said.

Lavery said he ran the serial number on the gun and it came back registered to McCaffrey. The officer said there was no smell of alcohol in the truck.

Multiple searches in Charleston County for Gayle McCaffrey have turned up empty. The latest search was earlier this month where investigators searched an area near Drayton Hall Plantation but found nothing new.

Investigators say Robert McCaffrey told them he drove to Greenville County after he and Gayle had an argument on the night of Mar. 17. When he returned to their Limestone Boulevard home the next morning, he said his wife was gone, and had left behind a typed note.

"The contents of [that note] and what we're learning about both Bob McCaffrey and Gayle McCaffrey lead us to believe that the information in that note is bogus," Sheriff Al Cannon said.

Cannon said Robert McCaffrey went to meet a love interest in Greenville County that night, but the meeting didn't go as planned. He added that the love interest was cooperating with authorities.

The sheriff also said that all the evidence at this point is circumstantial

"I think there is a tremendous amount of information and evidence pointing to him," Cannon said. "But at this point, it's circumstantial."

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