The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says a dive team operation off Bears Swamp Road today is part of its monthly dive training.
Some area media outlets reported that the operation involved a search for Gayle McCaffrey, the West Ashley woman who has been missing for a year.
But Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said the operation is part of the dive team’s monthly training regimen to remain proficient.
Brady said the training was not intended specifically to be a search in the McCaffrey case. However, with the proximity of the pond to her residence, they decided to use the training time to look for possible clues in the case, he said.
McCaffrey was reported missing from her residence by her husband, Robert McCaffrey, on March 18, 2012. He told deputies he last saw his wife around 10 p.m. March 17, 2012, before he left on a trip to Easley.
Gayle McCaffrey is described as a white female with reddish brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds.