CCSO announces person of interest in case of missing woman

Chief Deputy Clark speaks to members of the media at Thursday's press conference. (Brian Troutman/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has announced there is a person of interest in the case of missing woman Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey.

Officials have not released the name of the person of interest. They say Robert McCaffrey has not been ruled out, and{}neither has anyone else who was in contact with Gayle before her disappearance.

"Anyone that has been in contact with her the past week to ten days that we can identify we're going to be concentrating on," said Chief Deputy John Clark.

In regards to the children, Clark said at a press conference Thursday their safety was a major concern, especially the fact they were left alone for several hours.{} Members of his department were prepared to testify in family court Thursday, advising a judge to not grant custody of the children to Gayle's husband, Robert.

"What were going to say was that we were prepared to say that we are concered about their safety given the fact that these children were apparently left alone for a period of time--that was what led us to taking them into custody the first time," said Clark.

Clark said they will be spending the next couple of days scouring the home on Limestone Boulevard for more clues into Gayle McCaffrey's disappearance. He said there was no initial sign of a struggle, but they are still collecting evidence and speaking to people both{}in Charleston and in Travelers Rest near Easley where family members have a home.

"What has concerned us is the fact that Mr. McCaffrey was in Travelers Rest and the amount of time he was up there," said Clark.

The letter, officials say, is a part of their investigation. Clark said SLED has been contacted about the letter and their profiler is helping with the investigation.

"I cannot speculate on how soon we will make an arrest, but I do anticipate we will make an arrest," Clark said.

Robert McCaffrey told police he was on his way to visit that home in Easley when Gayle McCaffrey disappeared. He said he returned home in Charleston the next morning to find his wife's wedding ring, checkbook and a typed letter on a counter.


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