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New details on Gayle McCaffrey homicide, search turns up nothing

An unnamed woman provided info to the sheriff's office in their investigation



An unnamed woman in the Upstate has provided the Charleston County Sheriff's Office with information regarding the homicide investigation of Gayle McCaffrey. McCaffrey was first reported missing on March 18 by her husband, Robert.

According to the sheriff's department, the husband visited an unnamed woman on the night of March 17 and returned to his West Ashley home on March 18. Robert McCaffrey was pulled over by a Traveler's Rest police officer at 2:15 a.m. on State Park Road near Paris Mountain State Park on March 18. The park is a secluded area that is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and picnickers.

However, Major Jim Brady, public information officer for the department, says the Charleston County Sheriff's Office currently has no reason to expand the search to the Upstate, but they "haven't ruled out any possibility."

"We have been in contact with and continue to be in contact with several agencies in the Upstate throughout the investigation that have any tie into the McCaffrey case," Brady says. He adds that "several areas of interest have been looked at, but nothing at this time points to any specific area to launch a full scale search." One exception: the secluded area near St. Phillips AME Church at the corner of Highway 61 and North Lander Lane where authorities just wrapped up a daylong search for clues.

That location, the Post and Courier reports, is currently a focal point for the sheriff's office because "cellphone activity from both Gayle and Bob McCaffrey’s phones" led authorities to the spot.

In a late afternoon conversation with Brady, the officer noted that nothing was discovered today but the search will resume tomorrow.

Anyone who may have information in this case is asked to contact the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 202-1700 or crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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