Search for Gayle McCaffrey at Hwy 61 area concludes, nothing found

Published: May. 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say they found nothing new after finishing a second day of searching the site near Drayton Hall Plantation for Gayle McCaffrey.

Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said the search team was made up of a dozen detectives and some search dogs, but no evidence was taken.

Authorities say information on the cell phones of Gayle and Robert McCaffrey around the time of her disappearance led investigators to the area..

150 searchers were on scene Thursday, including 60 Citadel employees who worked with Gayle McCaffrey.

The 36-year-old woman was reported missing by her husband, Robert McCaffrey, on Mar. 18, but investigators say he is the suspect in the investigation.

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.

Cannon says the note is bogus," "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," 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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