Police: Person of Interest Identified in McCaffrey Case

At a press conference about the disappearance of Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey Thrusday afternoon the Charleston County Sheriff's Office announced it had identified a person of interest.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m.: The Charleston County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday it has a person of interest in the case of Marjorie Gayle McCaffrey's disappearance.

Chief Deputy John Clark declined to name that person or reveal that person's connection to the missing McCaffrey. Clark did not rule out McCaffrey's husband Robert though.

"Currently we have a person of interest that we are focusing our investigation on," Clark said. "We have not ruled out anybody in this investigation."

Clark added that the investigation will be focusing on the McCaffrey residence at 2829 Limestone Drive for the next two days. He said investigators are also working with Travelers Rest Police, where Robert McCaffrey was pulled over for speeding early Sunday morning before he returned home and reported his wife missing.

Clark added that investigators are talking with everyone who had any contact with Marjorie McCaffrey in the days prior to her disappearance.

Investigators do expect to make an arrest, Clark said, but he did not speculate on when that might be.

Asked about the typewritten letter that Robert McCaffrey told investigators he found along with his wife's wedding ring, car keys and checkbook, Clark said SLED was helping the Sheriff's Office with that part of the investigation.

Clark said investgators will be searching in and around the McCaffrey home in the coming days including the backyard.

He added that Robert McCaffrey has not been totally cooperative in the investigation.

At a custody hearing today for the McCaffrey children, who were apparently in the home when Marjorie McCaffrey disappeared, Clark said the Sheriff's Office was prepared to testify that it was concerned about their safety because they had been left alone in the house for a number of hours.

Patch ran into technical difficulties trying to boradcast the press conference live.


1:30 p.m.: The on the morning of Sunday March 18.

The Office has announced a 3:30 p.m. press conference today to talk about the case. Check back with West Ashley Patch then to learn what was said.

Robert McCaffrey told investigators she was at the family's West Ashley home in bed around 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17 when he left for another home the family owns in Easley. The couple's two children, ages 10 and 4, were also at the home when he left. McCaffrey said Marjorie was gone when he returned to Charleston around 6 a.m. Sunday, March 18. The children were still at the family's home.

According to the Sheriff's Office's report on the disappearance, Robert McCaffrey said he found his wife's wedding ring, keys and checkbook inside when he returned and a subsequent Sheriff's Office statement noted her car was also at the house.

The Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center has to report his wife missing this week. Additionally several media outlets have reported that Robert McCaffrey was stopped for speeding around 2 a.m. Sunday in Travelers Rest.

Maria Nelson March 23, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Thank you for the article. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what happened here. I certainly hope the unnamed person of interest made some serious mistakes which will result in him being charged.
Cold War Vet March 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Good work CCSD.
emma caroline cauthen March 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
well I feel sorry for the little children! I know them!


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