CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)– Robert ‘Bob’ McCaffrey was arrested and booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center on Wednesday. 

McCaffrey is charged with Murder in connection to the 2012 disappearance of his wife, Gayle McCaffrey.

An arrest affidavit reveals Bob told investigators he was involved in a verbal argument with his wife on March 17, 2012 before driving to Easly, S.C. to visit a family home in an effort to asses his marriage.  

Deputies say through the investigation it was discovered that he had driven to the upstate but instead met with a paramour he was having an affair with in Travelers Rest, S.C. 

He later returned to Charleston. Investigators say he reported his wife missing 12-hours after retuning to the home. 

Gayle McCaffrey did not take a cell phone, wallet, keys, or her car. The defendant said she left home in the middle of the night when their two children were sleeping.

The affidavit also reveals the defendant provided investigators with a typed letter which he said Gayle wrote. The letter said she took a safe with her which had $110,000 in cash and a gun. 

Investigators say people they spoke with said the safe never existed. 

The affidavit also reveals that a linguistics expert determined that it was more probable than not that Gayle McCaffrey did not write the letter. 

The letter also made mention that she was running away with her lover “Nicky”. Investigators say there is “ample evidence” that at the time of her disappearance Gayle was making efforts to reconcile her marriage including booking a romantic getaway for the two just  two days before her disappearance. 

In March of 2018 Gayle McCaffrey was legally classified as deceased. 

Charleston County Sheriff deputies say Bob McCaffrey lied to investigators several times, refused to cooperate with search efforts for his wife, and declined to have any parental relationship with his children.