Campers Find Foot of Missing Fraud Suspect

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 26, 2021

The body of Melissa Caddick has been found on the NSW South Coast.

NSW Police revealed on Friday that Ms Caddick's remains were found at Bournda Beach, about 25km south east of Bega on the state's far south coast.

Using DNA from the accused con artist's toothbrush, forensics were able to confirm on Thursday that the decomposing foot belonged to Ms Caddick.

Authorities have indicated that the remains had been in the water for some time, with drift modelling suggesting that her body could've travelled that distance over the three months since her disappearance.

Businesswoman Melissa Caddick's disappearance has captivated public attention, amid allegations she stole millions of dollars from her clients.

Cheryl Kraft Reid, a victim of Ms Caddick's fraud who lost "millions", acknowledged she would likely never see her family's money again.

Ms Kraft Reid described her once-friend as a "sociopath" and said she had been desperate to see justice after she and her wife lost almost $1 million of their superannuation to Ms Caddick.

Ms Caddick, 49, disappeared early on 12 November a year ago, a day after federal police raided her home in the wealthy Sydney suburb of Dover Heights.

"That foot and the shoe, which matched the size and description of a shoe that Melissa Caddick was seen wearing during the execution or the ASIC search warrant, were conveyed to the NSW Health forensic section in Sydney", NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing told reporters.

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

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

He said Ms Caddick's family were informed last night, leaving them "distressed" over the news.

"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.

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

Investigations are still ongoing.

Leaked documents, obtained by earlier this month, showed each of the investors happily handed over their money following a "strong personal recommendation from people they trusted".

Caddick allegedly demanded answers on how she was to abide by a court order freezing her assets.

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

However, on Monday the Federal Court heard liquidators had found just $5600 in the 49-year-old's bank accounts, described as a "significant shortfall" between the millions investigators allege Ms Caddick owes her investors. "ASIC have their proceedings which are now underway and they are a matter for ASIC", he said. "This matter will form a coronial brief of evidence and the coroner will ultimately determine what has happened".

While addressing the media on Wednesday, Gleeson said there was little doubt Caddick had used investor funds to live an extravagant lifestyle, including splashing out on property.

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