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Bond set at $100k for Robert McCaffrey on obstruction of justice charges

Robert McCaffrey was arrested Saturday on a charge of obstruction of justice in the disappearance of his wife, Gayle. Robert McCaffrey was arrested Saturday on a charge of obstruction of justice in the disappearance of his wife, Gayle.
Gayle McCaffrey was reported missing in March, 2012. (Source: Charleston Co. Sheriff's Office) Gayle McCaffrey was reported missing in March, 2012. (Source: Charleston Co. Sheriff's Office)
Authorities have conducted several searches for Gayle McCaffrey since her March, 2012, disappearance. Authorities have conducted several searches for Gayle McCaffrey since her March, 2012, disappearance.

A judge set bond at $100,000 for the husband of missing West Ashley woman Gayle McCaffrey Sunday.

Court records show Robert McCaffrey posted bail and was released from the Charleston County Detention Center Sunday afternoon.

He was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of obstruction of justice in the 2012 disappearance of his wife. The woman's sisters attended the bond hearing, telling the judge they feared McCaffrey would be difficult to find if he were let out on bond.

Gayle McCaffrey's sister Helen Banach said, "All we've ever wanted was to bring our sister home and bury her. Like I said, he's kind of a drifter and to be locked up in prison has got to be pure hell for him. So we're hoping that might influence his decision to tell the truth."

Debbie Pearson, another sister of McCaffrey said, "We want to know the truth. We owe it to ourselves; we owe it to his children to just know where my sister is. We don't have anything really yet. It's just one more step in a very long process."

McCaffrey's attorney, Christopher Lizzi, told the judge his client "has shown a complete willingness to cooperate and be present and be assessable by the courts as well as the sheriff's department."

Lizzi also told the judge McCaffrey has a job in Charlotte and was about to take a new position in another city in North Carolina.

An affidavit released Saturday afternoon states that Robert McCaffrey's obstruction of justice charge stems from an investigation by the sheriff's office where it was determined McCaffrey was not truthful in his initial report to deputies and detectives on his missing wife.

"[McCaffrey] knowingly impeded and provided misleading information, which hindered the Charleston County Sheriff's Office in locating his missing wife," the affidavit states.

Investigators say McCaffrey told them that on March 17, the day Gayle McCaffrey was last seen, that he returned to their Limestone Boulevard home in West Ashley from a walk at 7:45 p.m. and saw his wife lying in the bed.

Authorities say it was determined that Gayle McCaffrey could not have been lying on the bed because additional family members reported that she was talking with other family members at the time.

Court records also state Robert McCaffrey told investigators that on the same evening, he traveled to Easley, but authorities state he did not say that he was going to Travelers Rest to see a female who was discovered to be his mistress.

Authorities also cite a letter presented by Robert McCaffrey to investigators which McCaffrey claimed was typed by Gayle McCaffrey stating that she found her husband's safe that contained $110,000 in cash, coins and a handgun.

Robert McCaffrey told deputies that the safe weighed 350 pounds and his wife could not have lifted the safe by herself.

According to court records, investigators say there was no physical evidence in the home that the alleged safe ever existed, and there were no "carpet impressions that indicated that a safe was ever present."

Additionally, authorities say Robert McCaffrey reported that his wife must have found the combination to the alleged safe in his contacts in his cell phone.

Affidavits state detectives were not able to locate a contact listed as "safe," which McCaffrey had reported, in the cell phone.

Last week, a search for clues along Bees Ferry Road turned up no new evidence or leads.

Charleston County deputies searched the Bees Ferry Road area because it was not far from McCaffrey's home, where she was last seen.

Gayle McCaffrey's sister, Helen Banach, said last week she has felt since day one that something terrible happened to Gayle.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information in the case to call the sheriff's office at (843) 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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