When stopped for speeding March 18 in the Upstate, Bob McCaffrey told a police officer that he and his wife “were having problems.”
He also told the officer he was in the area “to see a girlfriend,” but that she’d “blown him off.”
The disclosures are contained in a Travelers Rest police report written hours before McCaffrey returned to Charleston and reported that his wife was missing.
The officer who wrote McCaffrey a ticket for doing 64 mph in a 45 mph zone, also ran a records check on a handgun plainly visible in McCaffrey’s pickup truck.
While the information may be of little to no help in finding the still-missing Gayle McCaffrey, the report does shed light on McCaffrey’s state of mind on the day he advised law enforcement that his wife was missing.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has said that while no body has been found, it is treating Gayle McCaffrey’s disappearance as a homicide. Sheriff’s officials have named Bob McCaffrey, 40, the suspect in the case.
Deputies and volunteers have conducted a number of searches in West Ashley, but no sign of the 36-year-old mother of two has turned up.
Authorities have said the couple had a disagreement late on March 17, which relatives have said was prompted by a phone call. Bob McCaffrey then made an overnight trip to the Upstate to see a love interest.
Bob McCaffrey told investigators he returned the next morning to the couple’s Limestone Boulevard home in West Ashley and found his wife gone. Their children were sleeping, and his wife’s Jeep, wedding band and cellphone were still at the home.
A farewell note that Gayle McCaffrey supposedly left at home turned out to be bogus, Sheriff Al Cannon said.
Travelers Rest Police Chief Lance Crowe said Wednesday that although Bob McCaffrey had a pistol in his truck cab and seemed agitated, there was nothing about the March 18 traffic stop that “flew up any red flags.”
According to the police report, officer Patrick Lavery was operating radar while driving about 2:15 a.m. on U.S. Highway 25 when he saw a vehicle apparently speeding. Radar told him the Dodge Ram was moving at 64 mph.
The officer wrote that McCaffrey, after stopping, was on a cellphone and “was speaking very excitedly. He advised the subject he was speaking with that he had just been stopped.”
McCaffrey “attempted to hand me the phone, but I refused to take it,” the officer wrote. McCaffrey cursed when told he was stopped for speeding, the report said.
The officer saw a gun on the center arm rest and asked McCaffrey “if he had been traveling with the gun located there, or if he’d just removed it from the arm rest. He advised me that he had just removed it from the arm rest,” according to the report.
The officer briefly took possession of the Kahr 9 mm handgun and the loaded magazine.
“I asked him, ‘What’s going on tonight?’ He advised me that he lived in the Charleston area and that he and his wife were having problems,” the report said. It continued, “He advised me that he was in the area to see a girlfriend, but that she had blown him off.”
The report said that “During our conversation he stated, ‘I am going through a lot of problems.’?”
The gun’s serial number was checked, with negative results, and returned to McCaffrey, the report said. Crowe said the check showed that McCaffrey legally owned the firearm.
“There was nothing noteworthy about that traffic stop,” Crowe said.
On Wednesday, McCaffrey’s attorney, Chris Lizzi, stated that the authorities continue to negatively portray his client “when they have no real evidence at all.”
Contents of the traffic stop report have been known by investigators since the beginning, and are nothing new, he said.