Missing Melissa Caddick’s foot found on NSW beach
A human foot has been discovered by campers on a NSW south coast beach with DNA confirming it to be the remains of missing Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick.
The remains were found inside a shoe which washed up on Bournda Beach south of Tathra on Sunday, February 21.
Caddick vanished from her Dover Heights home in Sydney's eastern suburbs on November 12 last year and has not been seen since.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Willing revealed this morning that DNA from the foot was last night matched to a DNA sample from Caddick's toothbrush and from her family members.
"It was decomposed. Obviously it had been in the water for some time," Ass Comm Willing said.
Her son told police he heard her leaving the house in activewear for what he believed to be a morning run around 5.30am but CCTV cameras from surrounding homes failed to locate her.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided Caddick's home two days before she disappeared as part of an investigation by the corporate regulator ASIC after an investor discovered she had never held an Australian Financial Services licence.
A month after her disappearance, Jones Partners were appointed by the Federal Court of Australia as provisional liquidators of her wealth management company, Maliver Pty Ltd.
It has since been revealed that Caddick ran a Ponzi scheme in which she transferred investor's money from her business into her personal accounts instead of investing the funds.
Jones Partners have since discovered she used an estimated $25 million from around 60 investors - some of whom were her friends - to buy real estate including a penthouse in Edgecliff, a ski lodge in Aspen and to purchase lavish designer clothing and fund expensive overseas trips.
Ms Caddick is alleged to have tricked investors using false bank statements, share contracts and share trading statements using trading company CommSec and the Commonwealth Bank letterhead.
Her disappearance left her unemployed hairdresser husband Anthony Koletti and his teenage stepson, 15, high and dry, after the Federal Court this week ordered the pair's weekly living allowance be stopped because there was no money left.
Police do not believe Mr Koletti and her son had anything to do with her disappearance or death.
Originally published as Missing Melissa Caddick's body found on NSW south coast