Remains of missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick has been found, three months after she disappeared from her Sydney mansion.
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.
NSW Police said the DNA taken from her toothbrush matched the foot. Her family were informed of the discovery on Thursday evening.
The wife and mother-of-one was last seen at her Dover Heights home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on November 11.
Police revealed on Friday that a foot in shoe was found by campers on Bournda Beach south of Tathra last Sunday.
The foot and shoe matched the size and description of a shoe Ms Caddick was seen wearing during the execution of the ASIC search warrant of a home two days before she disappeared.
The foot was matched to DNA sample from Ms Caddick’s toothbrush and family members on Thursday.
‘Melissa’s family were informed of the identification last night and are obviously distressed,’ Assistant Police Commissioner Mick Willing told reporters.
Remains of missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick has been found, three months after she disappeared from her Dover Heights mansion
‘Police have always kept an open mind in relation to what the circumstances were for her disappearance, including the fact that Melissa may have taken her own life.’
‘The shoe is an ASICS shoe she had ordered specifically from Israel,’ a senior Police source said. ‘
As we know she spent lots of money on luxury goods. She has to order it from overseas.’
Strike force detectives will continue to conduct inquiries – with the assistance of Missing Persons Registry – into the circumstances surrounding Ms Caddick’s death.
This will include further searches around the Bournda Beach area and along the NSW coastline.
Investigators will also prepare a report for the information of the NSW Coroner.
Ms Caddick vanished without a trace with her teenage son reportedly hearing the door ‘click’ about 5.30am on the morning of November 11.
The 49-year-old Sydneysider is alleged to have stolen about $25million from investors in a pyramid scheme
Australian Federal Police raided her home two days before she disappeared as part of an investigation by the corporate regulator ASIC.
ASIC seized a number of luxury items including jewellery and designer clothing from Caddick’s $6.2million Dover Heights home on November 11, the day she was last seen.
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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