Judge finds probable cause for Bob McCaffrey case to move forward

Judge finds probable cause for Bob McCaffrey case to move forward

A judge found probable cause for a case against the husband of missing woman Gayle McCaffrey to move forward.

Bob McCaffrey was in court Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing in which the judge also granted him a bond reduction from $100,000 to $50,000 on an obstruction of justice charge.

McCaffrey bonded out and was told by the judge that he must report to the police department in North Carolina at least once a week. McCaffrey currently works in North Carolina.

McCaffrey was arrested this past June on a charge of obstruction of justice in the 2012 disappearance of his wife, Gayle McCaffrey.

An affidavit recently states that Robert McCaffrey's obstruction of justice charge stems from an investigation by the sheriff's office where it was determined McCaffrey was not truthful in his initial report to deputies and detectives on his missing wife.

"[McCaffrey] knowingly impeded and provided misleading information, which hindered the Charleston County Sheriff's Office in locating his missing wife," the affidavit states.

Investigators say McCaffrey told them that on March 17, the day Gayle McCaffrey was last seen, that he returned to their Limestone Boulevard home in West Ashley from a walk at 7:45 p.m. and saw his wife lying in the bed.

Authorities say it was determined that Gayle McCaffrey could not have been lying on the bed because additional family members reported that she was talking with other family members at the time.

Court records also state Robert McCaffrey told investigators that on the same evening, he traveled to Easley, but authorities state he did not say that he was going to Travelers Rest to see a female who was discovered to be his mistress.

Authorities also cite a letter presented by Robert McCaffrey to investigators which McCaffrey claimed was typed by Gayle McCaffrey stating that she found her husband's safe that contained $110,000 in cash, coins and a handgun.

Robert McCaffrey told deputies that the safe weighed 350 pounds and his wife could not have lifted the safe by herself.

According to court records, investigators say there was no physical evidence in the home that the alleged safe ever existed, and there were no "carpet impressions that indicated that a safe was ever present."

Additionally, authorities say Robert McCaffrey reported that his wife must have found the combination to the alleged safe in his contacts in his cell phone.

Affidavits state detectives were not able to locate a contact listed as "safe," which McCaffrey had reported, in the cell phone.

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