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Sheriff: McCaffrey's husband a suspect in homicide investigation

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The search for missing woman Gayle McCaffrey is now being investigated as a homicide, and her husband has been named as a suspect, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Wednesday.

The sheriff said the 36-year-old woman's bank account has not been accessed since her Mar. 17 disappearance and a typed note left behind at their Limestone Boulevard home does not appear to be genuine.

Gayle McCaffrey was reported missing by her husband, Robert McCaffrey on Mar. 18.

The husband said he'd last seen McCaffrey around 10 p.m. before he left the residence to travel to Greenville County, investigators say.

On Wednesday, Cannon said Robert McCaffrey went to Greenville County to meet with a female love interest, but that meeting didn't "work out." Cannon said the love interest is cooperating with authorities, while Robert McCaffrey is not.

The sheriff added that all the evidence at this point is circumstantial, saying he would arrest Robert McCaffrey today if he had "probable cause."

Cannon also said a new "significant" search is planned for Thursday at a piece of property on Highway 61 across from Drayton Hall. He said they will search there after receiving information from Gayle and Robert McCaffrey's cell phones.

Cannon said there was "nothing yet to indicate how Gayle McCaffrey died."

Authorities have performed numerous searches in areas near the McCaffrey's West Ashley home over the past month and a half, and they announced in late March they had developed a "person of interest," presumably Robert McCaffrey.

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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