CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Robert McCaffrey says the loss of his wife has been hard on him, according to his attorney.
During a press conference Wednesday, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said the investigation was shifting gears. Previously a "missing person's case," he announced Gayle McCaffrey's disappearance was now being investigated as a homicide. He also named Gayle's husband, Robert, as a suspect.
Christopher Lizzi, who is representing Robert McCaffrey, says investigators questioned his client after he reported her missing.
"We feel they always treated it as a homicide and never treated it as a missing person's case," Lizzi said.
Sheriff Cannon says after following leads, using technological tools, and digging into the McCaffrey's life, they decided she was no longer a missing person.
"We have learned a great deal about Gayle McCaffrey. There has been no activity in her banking accounts, credit card accounts. We feel we've identified all of those. She left her vehicle. More importantly, she left her children," he said.
Those children are now in the custody of Gayle's sister, Debbie Pearson, who issued a statement following the sheriff's announcement.
""We just want to thank Al Cannon and his team for all the hard work they are putting into this case," Pearson said in the statement. "They are working tirelessly to find Gayle. We would ask anyone wanting to help to continue to pray for the police. If anyone has information, please call Crime Stoppers."
Robert McCaffrey reported his wife, who he's been married to for 14 years, missing on March 18th. Sheriff Cannon says the night Gayle went missing, Robert traveled to the Upstate to meet with a woman he was romantically interested in.
"He left the home and drove to Greenville County, the northern part of Greenville County, to meet with a female. I don't think what he hoped to accomplish with her, in terms of relationship and the kind of conversation he wanted to have with her," Sheriff Cannon said.
The woman, who investigators would not identify, is cooperating, according to Sheriff Cannon.
Tuesday, March 19 2013 11:54 AM EDT2013-03-19 15:54:06 GMT
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