The South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol division will hold a dedication ceremony honoring one of its fallen officers by naming two rest stops along Interstate 26 on Wednesday.
The rest stops located on Interstate 26 East at mile marker 150 and on Interstate 26 West near mile marker 152 in Orangeburg County will be named “SCHP Patrolman First Class Roy O. Caffey Memorial Rest Stop.” Each rest stop will have signs with the name of the stop honoring the fallen officer.
On October 8, 1972, Caffey was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Orangeburg County. Caffey’s body was found by a passing motorist and reported to authorities.
The case remained unsolved until it gained national attention in 1997 when it was featured on an episode of the television series “Unsolved Mysteries.” Following the episode, a woman who was arrested on February 16, 1997 claimed to have been present went Caffey was killed by two men, both of whom were dead.
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Caffey was a native of Temple, Texas and served in the U.S. Navy before serving on the highway patrol for 25 years.
Caffey is survived by his son Robert Caffey, his daughter-in-law Ann and their children Scott and Ashlyn.
The dedication ceremony will be held at the Cornerstone Community Church at 1481 Chestnut Street in Orangeburg at 2 p.m.