Melissa Caddick: Missing fraud suspect's foot found on Australian beach

Lawrence Kim
Февраля 26, 2021

According to the ABC, her body was found at Hobart Beach, near Bermagui NSW.

Human remains washed up on a beach on the New South Wales South Coast on Sunday - which were later matched to Melissa Caddick's DNA from her toothbrush.

But on Friday, Mr Willing said the discovery of her remains indicated that she was dead.

Court-appointed liquidators dealing with Ms Caddick's business affairs told reporters on Wednesday they were unable to find a single example of a legitimate investment in the name of the investor.

"Following the announcement. that the remains of Ms Melissa Caddick have been identified, ASIC notes that its investigation into Ms Caddick and her company, Maliver Pty Ltd, is continuing".

She had not been seen since.

Her disappearance came two days after Australian Federal Police and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) raided her home over allegations she was misappropriating investor funds.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller had previously said officers believed Ms Caddick was still alive however Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing distanced the force from that theory today.

"At this point we can't rule out anything".

The remains of Melissa Caddick were found at Bournda Beach.

"Given the circumstances of the disappearance (and) the fact that she left personal belongings behind, we've always considered the possibility that she might have taken her own life", he said.

Melissa Caddick
Police have confirmed that the remains belong to Melissa Caddick

He said her family had been told of the discovery on Thursday and were "obviously distressed".

Ms Caddick went for a jog on 12 November and did not return, hours after being questioned by police.

The majority of her alleged victims were family members and longstanding friends, none of whom had any idea up until recently that they were being fleeced of millions of dollars.

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"She (Ms Caddick) was a bit of a sociopath; thought she was smarter than everyone else, and she thought she could get away with it", she said.

Any investor who wanted to withdraw their funds had done so easily, and on repeated occasions.

Caddick's parents Barbara and Ted are said to be "furious at ASIC", the corporate watchdog, for what has happened.

In a sworn statement tendered at the Federal Court, and recently made public, ASIC investigator Isabella Allen alleges Caddick hit her with a barrage of questions when authorities raided her $6.2million Dover Heights mansion on November 11.

"We have been working with ASIC all along in relation to this".

A Facebook group set up after Ms Caddick's disappearance where amateur sleuths share theories and speculation has gained traction in recent weeks.

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