WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say divers searching a pond in West Ashley for evidence in the case of missing West Ashley woman Gayle McCaffrey found no evidence on Tuesday.
Authorities with the sheriff's office say the underwater recovery team was conducting training Tuesday morning and decided to search for evidence in the McCaffrey case as well.
While sheriff's office spokesman Major Jim Brady first said the search at the pond off Bear Swamp Road had "nothing to do with the McCaffrey case," a source close to the investigation told us otherwise.
The source said crews were searching for evidence related to the McCaffrey case.
Brady later said dive teams were conducting monthly training, and decided to operate there "as an opportunity to possibly assist in the case."
Live 5 Morning Anchor Kyle Jordan went to the pond located behind St. Andrews Presbyterian Church around 9 a.m., and while dive team crews would not say what they were searching for, they told him they scanned the body of water by boat for about three hours on Monday.
Divers say they pond is about four feet deep. Around 10 a.m. the dive team began suiting up to begin combing the waters.
The search site is not far from previous search sites in the McCaffrey case. Recently, search crews returned to a site off Highway 61 near Magnolia Plantation.
While crews searched the general area of Bees Ferry Road and Highway 61 in late March 2012, it is unclear if they searched the area of Bear Swamp Road.
McCaffrey was reported missing by her husband, Robert McCaffrey, on Mar. 18, 2012. He told authorities he had last seen her the day before, when they had an argument.
Sheriff Al Cannon has said McCaffrey is the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance.
The sheriff's office released pictures of the couple's vehicles, a blue Dodge Ram pickup and a dark blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, on Sunday.
Brady said the vehicles may have been in the area of Bees Ferry Road and Highway 61 on the morning she was reported missing.