Local sheriff’s detectives and volunteers will scour an Upstate property for the first time Saturday in search of missing West Ashley mother Gayle McCaffrey.
The effort is not based on new information gathered in what the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office considers a homicide investigation, Maj. Jim Brady said. The land off Freeman Bridge Road in Easley, which is just outside Greenville, has long been an area of interest, he said.
McCaffrey, 36, was reported missing March 18 by her husband.
The night before, family members said the two had a disagreement during a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. He then took a trip to Easley to visit a love interest, but the woman turned him down, according to authorities.
Bob McCaffrey, 40, reported his wife missing the next day after he came home and found her gone, he reported. Left behind were personal belongings and a note saying the mother of two and Citadel employee had gone to live with another man.
Sheriff’s investigators have long suspected Bob McCaffrey in his wife’s presumed death, but they have not gathered any solid evidence in connection with a crime.
Their efforts have included fruitless searches near the couple’s home on Limestone Boulevard.
The sweep planned in Easley is the first such operation in the Upstate, where Bob McCaffrey was ticketed for speeding early on the day he reported his wife missing. Deputies will combine forces with the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons, which in August offered its volunteers for a future search.
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