Cops believe missing woman is ‘still alive’

 

There has been no trace of missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick for more than two months, but police believe she is still alive.

The millionaire vanished from her cliffside Dover Heights home in November last year, just two days after federal police and the corporate watchdog raided her mansion.

Speaking to 2GB's Ben Fordham, Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said detectives were still treating the disappearance of Ms Caddick as a missing persons case on the belief she is still alive.

"There are two aspects to this Ben, that NSW Police is leading a missing persons investigation … we are treating the case as though she is still alive," he said.

Last month police said there had been no sign of the 49-year-old even after detectives combed through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from neighbouring properties.

"We have hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from neighbours and the public but do not have any trace of her," Detective Inspector Gretchen Atkins told reporters in December.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said detectives were still treating the disappearance of Ms Caddick as a missing persons case on the belief that she is still alive. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Joel Carrett
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said detectives were still treating the disappearance of Ms Caddick as a missing persons case on the belief that she is still alive. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Joel Carrett

"At this point in time we do not have Melissa on the footage."

Dressed in activewear, the Sydney mother vanished from her multimillion-dollar home after leaving in the early hours of the morning to go for a run. She didn't take her phone, keys or any other belongings.

She was last seen by her husband Anthony Koletti when the pair went to bed late on November 11, the day after their home was raided by authorities and Ms Caddick was slapped with a court order freezing all her assets and confiscating her passports.

Since then several bombshell revelations have surfaced that she allegedly siphoned millions of dollars out of clients through her boutique financial advisory firm.

The corporate watchdog has alleged Ms Caddick misappropriated investors' money and used it to fund a lavish lifestyle.

The court was told in mid-December that investors had placed $13.1 million into the fund, and most of them had not been paid back.

Melissa Caddick has been missing since mid-November.
Melissa Caddick has been missing since mid-November.

"It's really hard, I'm very worried, all I want is for her to be found," Mr Koletti told the media after his wife's disappearance.

"We've been married seven years, we've known each other a long time. I'm doing everything to help detectives find her. It's really hard. I just want to find her. Right now I'm chasing every lead possible, all I want is to find her."

Ms Caddick's family were granted a weekly living allowance by the Federal Court in December.

An initial order freezing her assets allowed for $800 per week for her husband and 15-year-old son, but their lawyers asked for a significant amount more - $4880.

The court heard a new sum was negotiated but was not revealed.

There is no suggestion Mr Koletti was involved in his wife's business dealings.

Originally published as Cops believe missing woman is 'still alive'


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