New McCaffrey search yields no new clues

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) -- The search for Gayle McCaffrey continued Friday in parts of West Ashley.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies focused their search mainly in the areas of Highway 61 and Bees Ferry Road. The search began behind the Bi-Lo store on Bees Ferry Road at 8:30 a.m., officials said.

A staging area was set up on Church Creek Plaza for the search crews. They were searching for anything that might lead them to the missing woman.

"Clothing. Material things such as shoes. Anything that stands out that don't fit into that particular environment. We'll collect and process," said Maj. Eric Watson.

Officials said they have conducted several searches inside and outside the county without finding additional clues into McCaffrey's disappearance. Friday's search was not the result of a new lead, they said.

"If we find something down there we need to bring up, we'll assess what we need to do to bring it up. Of course, there's certain situations we have if its evidence we have to secure it in a way that's to preserve that evidence," said Sgt. Mike Ringley.

McCaffrey's husband Robert is still considered a suspect in her disappearance, officials said.

McCaffrey was reported missing by her husband on March 18, 2012 when he told deputies he had last seen her the night before as he left for a trip to Easley.

"This case is still active. We're determined to make an arrest in this case and bring this case to a close," Watson said.Officials said the search yielded no new clues in the search for the missing mother.

McCaffrey has not been seen or heard from since being reported missing. 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.