Charleston County investigators found no new clues in the disappearance of Gayle McCaffrey during an Upstate search Saturday.
Charleston County sheriff’s deputies joined with the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons and local law enforcement to scour a 200-acre property near Easley owned by the McCaffrey family.
They ended the search at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with no new leads in the 8-month-old case.
Maj. Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said the search was completed in one day, with no need to return to the scene today.
“They are confident they did the area they wanted to look at,” Brady said.
Brady said detectives will continue the investigation and search any new location that merits a look.
Gayle McCaffrey, 36, disappeared without a trace from her West Ashley home in mid-March. Her husband, Bob McCaffrey, reported her missing on March 18, a day after the couple apparently had a disagreement at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
That same day Bob McCaffrey was stopped for speeding in Travelers Rest, not far from the family property in Easley.
Sheriff’s investigators have suspected McCaffrey in his wife’s disappearance, and wanted to search the property because he was in the area around the time she vanished.
McCaffrey, 40, told police that after the fight with his wife, he drove to Travelers Rest to visit a potential lover, who rebuffed him. When he returned the next morning, he told deputies, the couple’s children were sleeping, but his wife was gone and he found a note saying she had gone to live with another man.
None of her personal belongings were taken.
His attorney said Friday that McCaffrey wishes his wife would turn up and the police would stop blaming him for her disappearance.
The sheriff’s office previously looked for clues to McCaffrey’s disappearance near the couple’s home on Limestone Boulevard. In April, searchers examined a map attached to a mobile command truck parked outside the St. Phillip AME Church at Ashley River and Bees Ferry roads, the operation’s base.
Nine points of interest were marked with red or yellow flags. They included woods near Middleton Place, ponds and marshes just south of the church, a community off Bear Swamp Road and the Bees Ferry Road Landfill.
They also have searched the marsh along the Ashley River, but they have yet to turn up any clues.
The search on the McCaffrey property was not based on any solid lead, just a hunch, given Bob McCaffrey’s proximity to the property around the time his wife was reported missing.