What happened to Melissa Caddick? Inside the conwoman’s final days – and where legal proceedings currently stand
What really happened to Melissa Caddick?
That’s the question online sleuths and real-life detectives have been asking themselves for almost 18 months.
The millionaire fraudster who grew her fortune by scamming those closest to her vanished on the morning of November 12, 2020.
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The only trace of her since is the skeletal remains of her foot, which washed up on Bournda Beach last February, about 400km from her last known location in Dover Heights.
Court dates have come and go as her victims attempt to recoup some of their losses – with legal hearings still underway.
But that hasn’t stopped speculation and theories on the disappearance being aired in a new two-part Underbelly series.
The mini-series dramatised several theories, albeit unlikely ones, about what really happened to the missing conwoman.
One was that she was whisked away by a yacht to another country to escape the authorities.
Another suggests she amputated her own foot and threw it off into the ocean in a macabre attempt to throw police off the scent.
Ultimately, it might never be known what actually happened to Caddick.
But police are working off the theory that she took her own life when she went for a jog on the morning of November 12.
Only hours earlier, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Securities and Investments Commission raided her eastern suburbs home.
Shortly after they did, five of her passports – one current and four expired – were handed over to police, making the possibility that she fled the country less likely.
Caddick, 49, was alleged to have faked financial documents then used to swindle investors out of more than $23 million under the guise of her company, Maliver.
She then used that money to fund her own extravagant lifestyle.
In February this year, two of her luxury cars sold at auction for more than $360,000.
Her husband Anthony Koletti’s blue convertible 2016 Audi R8 sold at a Pickles auction for $295,000, liquidators Jones Partners said.
Caddick’s black Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG sold for $66,250.
Koletti, in documents made public by the Federal Court, has objected to the sale of the pair’s multi-million-dollar home.
He spoke publicly for the first time since her disappearance last November, telling Seven’s Spotlight program he did not believe his wife took her own life.
“She was so happy,” he said.
“She loved (her son) and I. I don’t believe that’s what she did.”
Instead, he believes that she was murdered.
“My suspect list is long,” he says, referring to people she is accused of defrauding “among many other people”.
“If it came out, if the police came to me and said ‘Melissa was murdered’, I’d be like ‘it makes sense’.”
Before her suspected death, Caddick was facing 38 charges, including multiple counts of fraud and falsely claiming she had a financial services licence.
Headlining the property portfolio likely to go on the market to recoup some of the stolen funds is the five-bedroom Dover Heights home, bought for $6.2 million in 2014, and an Edgecliff property owned by her family.