A running shoe specially imported from Israel that washed up on a beach helped police to confirm missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick was dead.
The ASICS shoe was found, with Ms Caddick’s decomposed foot inside, by campers at Bournda Beach, on the New South Wales south coast, on Sunday.
The shoe had washed up on the beach more than 400 kilometres away from Ms Caddick’s Dover Heights home, in eastern Sydney.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said the shoe matched the description of the shoes Ms Caddick, 49, was seen wearing when her home was raided on November 11.
‘That foot and a shoe, which matched the size and description of a shoe that Melissa Caddick was seen wearing during the execution of the ASIC search warrant, were conveyed to the New South Wales Health Forensic and Sciences Service Section here in Sydney,’ he said.
A Senior Police source added the ASICS shoe had been ordered specially from Israel and fell in line with Ms Caddick’s habit of spending ‘lots of money on luxury goods’.
A running shoe specially imported from Israel that washed up on a beach helped police to confirm missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick was dead
The shoe was found more than 400 kilometres away from Ms Caddick’s Dover Heights home, in eastern Sydney
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said the shoe matched the description of the shoes Ms Caddick, 49, was seen wearing when her home was raided on November 11
Court-appointed liquidators allege Ms Caddick ‘meticulously and systematically’ deceived investors who handed millions of dollars to her over seven years, then used the money to fund her extravagant lifestyle.
ASICS women’s running shoes can retail for more than $200 online.
Police confirmed the shoe belonged to Ms Caddick after matching the DNA of the foot found inside of it with a toothbrush used by Ms Caddick.
‘Melissa’s family were informed of the identification last night and are obviously distressed,’ assistant commissioner Mick Willing said.
Investigators cannot rule out foul play, he said. But they suspect Ms Caddick died by suicide.
‘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.
Police are unsure how long the decomposed foot had been in the water as the search for more remains continues.
‘I can say that exactly how Melissa came to enter the water is still a mystery,’ assistant commissioner Mick Willing said.
‘The searches and ongoing investigation and will take all forms that we normally would.’
The ASICS shoe was found, with Ms Caddick’s decomposed foot inside, by campers at Bournda Beach (pictured), on the New South Wales south coast, on Sunday
Melissa Caddick (pictured) disappeared without a trace from her Sydney home on November 11
Modelling by police marine rescue teams, taking tides and drift patterns into account, has been conducted around the possibility of Ms Caddick entering the water in Sydney’s Dover Heights area on or about November 12.
Analysis of the foot – found inside a shoe – will help investigators determine when she died.
‘It was decomposed so obviously it had been in the water for some time,’ Mr Willing said.
Police will continue to search for Ms Caddick’s remains around the location of the foot at Bournda Beach, south of Tathra.
Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti (pictured left with Melissa) and her family were informed of the confirmation of her remains on Thursday night
A foot inside a shoe was found on a beach on the NSW south coast on Sunday, February 21, before DNA testing confirmed it belonged to the alleged conwoman
Liquidators appointed to deal with Ms Caddick’s affairs on Wednesday said they were unable to find a single example of a legitimate investment in the name of the investor.
Instead, Ms Caddick mixed ‘many, many millions’ of investors’ funds in company bank accounts and her own personal accounts.
She then used the money to fund an ‘extravagant lifestyle’ and property purchases, according to provisional liquidator Bruce Gleeson.
Ms Caddick provided investors with hundreds of documents on Commonwealth Bank and CommSec letterheads suggesting their investments were doing well.
Remains of missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick (pictured) has been found, three months after she disappeared from her Dover Heights mansion
But really the account numbers on the documents either did not exist or were not associated with the actual investor.
Investors were deceived from the very start, as her company Maliver Pty Ltd did not hold a financial services licence as claimed.
Ms Caddick’s husband and son from Friday won’t be paid living and legal expenses out of her assets.
The matter is back in the Federal Court in April, when Mr Gleeson and his partner will ask to be appointed as ongoing liquidators so they can start realising Maliver’s ‘limited’ assets.
Mr Willing said the police were working alongside ASIC on the matter.
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