Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Gayle McCaffrey's husband first reported her missing after investigators say the couple got into a verbal altercation after dinner the day before. According to investigators, after Gayle and her husband, Robert, got into a fight, he left for the upstate to clear his mind. According to Travelers Rest police, McCaffrey received a speeding ticket on State Park Road in Travelers Rest at 2:30 a.m. McCaffrey traveled south bound on Highway 25 towards Greenville. When asked where he was headed, according to the report, McCaffrey said he was in the area to see a girlfriend, but that she had blown him off. Robert McCaffrey attempted to hand the officer his cell phone when the officer approached his truck's window. The officer reportedly noticed a handgun on the center armrest of the truck.
When he returned to the couple's home on Limestone Boulevard hours later, Gayle was gone and the couple's two young children were asleep. A typed note, as well as her wedding ring, cellphone, purse and Jeep were left at the house. There was no initial sign of a struggle. Bob McCaffrey told deputies that their marriage had been troubled recently. A note supposedly left at the home by McCaffrey is thought to be bogus, and investigators have become increasingly convinced foul play was involved in her disappearance.
On May 3, 2012, Robert McCaffrey was named by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office as the primary suspect. He was arrested in 2014 and charged with obstruction in the case of her disappearance and death. The arrest came after investigators found discrepancies in the story he told deputies and what they found in their search.
Gayle McCaffrey, a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University who works as director of facilities finance at The Citadel, is a longtime member of First Baptist Church in downtown Charleston. She sings and rings bells in the choir.
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