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TIMELINE: Disappearance of Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey

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The following is a timeline of events related to the investigation into the disappearance of Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey.

Saturday, March 17 (2:30 p.m.)
According to an incident report, Robert McCaffery, the husband of Gayle McCaffrey, told officers he and his wife went to dinner at 2:30 p.m. When they returned home, he says they got into an argument.

Saturday, March 17 (10 p.m.)
According to an incident report, Robert McCaffery left home at 10 p.m. He said his decision to leave and take a nearly 4-hour drive to a home he frequents in Easley, S.C. came after a walk around the neighborhood and after he was given the silent treatment by his wife.

Sunday, March 18 (2:15 a.m.)
Robert McCaffery was issued a speeding ticket in Travelers Rest. According to the citation, he was driving 64 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Sunday, March 18 (6:30 a.m.)
According to an incident report, Robert McCaffery returned home at 6:30 a.m. He said his two children were home, but his wife was nowhere to be found.

Sunday, March 18 (5:16 p.m.)
Robert McCaffery dials 911 and reports his wife is missing.

Sunday, March 18 (5:19 p.m.)
Deputies are dispatched to the home of Robert and Gayle McCaffrey on Limestone Boulevard in West Ashley. According to an incident report, Robert McCaffrey tells officers he returned home at 6:30 a.m. and found his wife's checkbook, wedding ring and a typed letter on a counter. The McCaffrey children were taken into protective custody.

Monday, March 19 (3:28 p.m.)
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office releases a missing person report in regards to Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey.

Monday, March 19 (4:30 p.m.)
The sheriff's office holds a press conference during which Sheriff Al Cannon reports details of the typed letter are a part of the investigation and cannot be shared. He also states Robert McCaffrey received a speeding ticket near Easley.

Tuesday, March 20 (8 p.m.)
A resident of an area near the home of Robert and Gayle McCaffrey reports buzzards circling in the marsh area behind Furman Drive. Deputies venture out to the area and decide a search will take place during daylight hours on the following day.

Wednesday, March 21 (just after daybreak)
Officials with multiple agencies search the marshy area between Furman Drive and the Ashley River.

Wednesday, March 21 ( 9:15 a.m.)
Officials called off the search of the marsh after only a dead dog was found. As a matter of following up, crews also search ponds in the area.

Thursday, March 22 ( 3:12 p.m. )
At a court hearing, the McCaffrey children are placed into the custody of Gayle McCaffrey's sister and brother-in-law, James and Debbie Pearson.

Thursday, March 22 ( 3:33 p.m. )
At a press conference outside the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Chief Deputy John Clark announces the investigation has led officials back to the McCaffrey home on Limestone Boulevard. He says investigators have identified a person of interest.

Friday, March 23  
Sheriff's deputies search the McCaffrey home and remove bags of evidence to be analyzed. Search dogs are also deployed.

Tuesday, March 27
Sheriff's deputies continue to search the area around Bees Ferry Road and Highway 61 in West Ashley to help eliminate areas. No new leads or tips have come in.

Thursday, April 5
The CCSO announces that they are once again searching the area of Hwy 61 and Bees Ferry Road with help from air support, Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad and Charleston County Emergency Management Department staff. No new leads or tips have come in.

Tuesday, April 17
On the one month anniversary of Gayle McCaffrey's disappearance, the CCSO tells us there are no new leads and no new searched planned. "We are still diligently investigating the case," says CCSO Public Information Officer Major Jim Brady.

Wednesday, May 2
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office held a press conference announcing that the case had been upgraded from a missing person's case to a homicide investigation and that Robert McCaffrey has been named a suspect. They also announced the existence of another woman, a love interest of Robert's who is cooperating with police in their investigation.

Christopher Lizzi, who is representing Robert McCaffrey, says Gayle's disappearance has taken a toll on his client and that there is no evidence proving the sheriff's claim.

Thursday, May 3
More than 150 people, including 50 employees of The Citadel, searched a plot of private property off Highway 61. With support from aircraft above,  they combed a 100-acre area. Nothing was found.

Friday, May 4
Major James Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said a dozen searchers were back on the scene off Highway 61. It's the same area where crews searched the day before. Both searches ended with no new leads in the case of Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey. Brady said search Friday only lasted a few hours, and that no additional evidence was obtained.

Wednesday, May 16
CCSO Public Information Officer Major Jim Brady confirms that Traveler's Rest police had found a gun in Robert McCaffrey's car the night he was pulled over for speeding. According to Chief Lance Crowe of the Travelers Rest Police, the gun was properly transported and "was only inadvertently brought out when Mr McCaffrey was asked for his vehicle registration."

Thursday, May 17
Dash camera video is released by the Travelers Rest Police Department showing the traffic stop of Robert McCaffrey on March 18.

Thursday, Aug 2
The sister of Gayle McCaffrey comes forward, saying her brother-in-law has moved on with his life with a new woman in North Carolina. Helen Banach says Robert has brought the woman around the family and she's suspicious of how quickly he moved on from her sister without any closure.

Monday, Aug 20
The Community United Effort's Center for Missing Persons joins forces with McCaffrey's family. Helen Banach, holds a press conference in the Food Lion shopping center on College Park Road, directly across the street from one of six billboards put up around the Lowcountry broadcasting the search for her sister.

Tuesday, September 18
Tuesday Sept. 18 marks the six month mark since Gayle McCaffrey's disappearance and investigators still have no leads. The Community United Effort's Center for Missing Persons announces a new search will be conducted in October.

Saturday, November 10
The first upstate search for McCaffrey starts eight months after she went missing. Seventy-five trained volunteers, with 13 K-9 units and a dozen horses look for evidence. Nothing is found.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A family member said they received an unusual tip that led them to a specific area in Sumter County. Officials confirmed two investigators joined the family in the search but no new leads were found.

Monday, February 4, 2013
CCSO deputies revisit a site previously searched in early May. CCSO spokesperson James Brady says the search is not based on new case information but investigators wanted to cover the site again after a "change in the terrain due to seasons change."

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Investigators release new photos of the vehicles belonging to Gayle and Robert McCaffrey, asking the public if anyone saw either the morning of Gayle's disappearance one year ago. Family and friends honor Gayle with performances, candles and ask neighbors to leave a light on for the missing mother of two.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dive teams search a pond off Bees Ferry Road. CCSO officials say it's just training that happens to be in an area where Gayle's body could be located. A person close to the search, however, confirms a tip was received and that divers are acting on that tip.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friends and family spent their weekend sifting through Gayle McCaffrey's belongings and prepared to either donate or throw them away. They said for the first time, they felt like they were finally able to help in some way.

 

 

 

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