MELISSA Caddick disappeared from her Sydney home without a trace in November 2020..
A shocking break in the case happened when a severed foot washed up on shore. Read on to find out what happened to her.
What happened to Melissa Caddick?
Melissa Louise Grimley was born on April 21, 1971.
She grew up in Lugarno, Sydney.
In November 2020, Australian police raided Melissa's home in Dover Heights, Sydney.
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) was investigating her for carrying on a financial services business without holding a licence.
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She had been running a Ponzi scheme from October 2012 until 2019, stealing $30million (approximately £16m) from friends and family.
With the funds she stole she was living a lavish lifestyle, buying property, cars, designer clothes and artwork.
Hours after her home was raided Melissa went missing, leaving behind her family and all her possessions.
Her disappearance triggered a huge manhunt for the fraudster but no sign was found of her until February 2021.
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New South Wales Police Force commissioner revealed at a press conference that a shoe containing a decomposed human foot was washed up on Bournda Beach.
The beach was 500 kilometres from Melissa's home in Dover Heights.
The shoe matched her size and the description of the shoes she was wearing during the raid.
DNA testing of samples from the foot and her toothbrush, as well as family members, confirmed the foot belonged to Melissa.
When did she go missing?
In the early hours of November 12, 2020, Melissa disappeared from the family home.
Her son was allegedly the last person to hear her, who detected a door shutting around 5.30am.
What has been said about Melissa Caddick's disappearance?
In May 2023 Melissa was pronounced dead after an inquest was unable to determine how she died.
The deputy coroner publicly criticised Melissa's husband, Anthony Koletti, for delaying in reporting his wife missing.
New South Wales Commissioner Mick Fuller said: "There's always a chance she cut her foot off and is still alive but that's pretty fanciful.
"But nevertheless we haven't closed this case. We are still looking for her remains and we're still looking of where the funds may be."
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Police suspected that Melissa had taken her own life by jumping off a cliff that was approximately 500m from her home.
Magistrate Elizabeth Ryan said: "I do not accept that the evidence is capable of establishing suicide as the manner of Ms Caddick's death."
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