Detectives believe Melissa Caddick is in hiding and reportedly aren’t ruling out the possibility she fled across the border to Queensland.
Citing a police source, The Daily Telegraph claimed on Wednesday it’s not ‘beyond the realm of possibility’ that the accused fraudster fled to the Sunshine State.
Ms Caddick vanished on November 12, two days after a Federal Police raid on her $6.1million Dover Heights home for allegedly defrauding her clients.
At that time, the Queensland border was closed to residents of the greater Sydney region.
But the state’s borders did open to Sydney on December 1 and remained that way for a few weeks before the Covid outbreak in the city’s northern beaches.
The Queensland theory came to light as NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller all but confirmed that investigators believe Ms Caddick is alive and on the run.
Melissa Caddick vanished from her Dover Heights home on or about November 12 last year and hasn’t been seen since. The timing was conspicuous, coming two days after she was raided
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said detectives are examining her cars (such as this $300,000 Audi R8) for clues
‘We are treating the case as she is still alive,’ the commissioner told Radio 2GB’s Ben Fordham breakfast program on Tuesday.
Mr Fuller said police are still searching for CCTV footage, doorknocking Dover Heights residents and ‘downloading information from her cars (and) computers’.
Ms Caddick’s baffling disappearance is just weeks away from crossing a critical threshold in the world of police missing person’s investigations.
Ms Caddick is believed to have disappeared from her Dover Heights following an AFP raid over claims she misappropriated tens of millions’ in investors’ funds.
As of Wednesday, Ms Caddick has been missing for some 68 days.
Should she not be found in 90 days – in three weeks’ time – she will be designated a ‘long term missing person’.
That means she would likely appear on the Federal Police’s nation-wide missing persons’ registry. She’s already listed on a state-based equivalent.
Mr Fuller, above, noted it is quite difficult to disappear completely in 2021 given peoples’ electronic footprints
Last year, police said some 99 per cent of cases were solved before reaching the 90 day mark.
In 2020, only 18 disappearances surpassed that threshold.
Meanwhile, Ms Caddick’s husband, Anthony Koletti, is believed to have ditched the family $6.1million Dover Heights mansion and to have shacked up with his in-laws at their Edgecliff unit.
He has been driving a Mercedes rather than his $300,000 Audi R8 recently and has been spotted driving about the eastern suburbs, ‘music blaring’, an observer said.
Despite the ongoing investigation, a police source told Daily Mail Australia the agency doesn’t currently have any of Ms Caddick’s vehicles in its custody.
Mr Fuller also alluded to police exploring other avenues for clues.
Ms Caddick’s father-in-law, tax agent Rodo Koletti, lashed out at ‘innuendo’ spread online about his family by wannabe cyber sleuths earlier this month.
Rodo threatened to call in the lawyers over posts on a Facebook discussion group where false claims about the Koletti family have previously been published – including about people with the same last name but who are not at all related to the clan.
Ms Caddick’s hairdresser and DJ husband, Anthony Koletti, is believed to have ditched their $6.1 million Dover Heights home to shack up with his in-laws
Ms Caddick, 49, used to live an extravagant lifestyle with her husband (on right, she is wearing a Stefano Canturi necklace she claims was valued at $250,000)
‘I feel sorry that Melissa is missing, but also feel very sorry for the innocent people who may have been “defrauded” of their hard earned life savings,’ Mr Koletti senior said.
It is not suggested Anthony Koletti – or any of his relatives for that matter – played any role in the disappearance of Ms Caddick, who posed as a financial adviser.
A separate ASIC investigation remains on foot into claims Ms Caddick misappropriated tens of millions of investors’ money in her ‘financial advisory’ firm, Maliver Pty Ltd.
Ms Caddick is accused of doctoring fake CommSec documents showing her clients were making extraordinary returns. One example, revealed by Daily Mail Australia, showed a client reaping a 257 per cent profit.
That CommSec document was not genuine, banking industry sources confirmed, and ASIC has made similar claims of her alleged deception in filings lodged with the Federal Court.
Police were told Ms Caddick may have left her home on a morning run on November 12. Officers said she may have been wearing a black singlet, leggings and silver Nike runners.
‘There are serious concerns for the welfare of the missing person,’ a statement said.