A teenage camper who found Melissa Caddick’s shoe on a beach almost threw it in the bin before seeing there were bones inside.
Caddick vanished a day after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission confronted her during a raid at her luxury Dover Heights home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on November 11.
Human remains washed up on a beach on the New South Wales South Coast on Sunday – which were later matched to Melissa Caddick’s DNA from her toothbrush.
Just one bouquet of flowers was pictured sitting at her parents’ home after being delivered by well-wishers on Friday.
Caddick stood accused of a huge alleged fraud in which she swindled at least $20million from clients who included friends and family.
A group of three teenage campers were at Bournda National Park near Tathra on Sunday when one of them found the shoe lying on the sand.
A photo of the shoe that washed up on the New South Wales South Coast containing Caddick’s dismembered foot
During the raid of her Dover Heights home by ASIC, Caddick allegedly demanded answers on how she was to abide by a court order freezing her assets. There is no suggestion ASIC acted improperly
When he turned the shoe upside down as he went to throw it out, he discovered there were human remains inside.
Police later used footage from the raid of her home – which had featured vision of her feet – to help identify her as the shoe’s owner.
On Friday, flowers were delivered to Barbara Grimley’s home at Edgecliff after the news broke that her daughter’s remains had been found.
Grimley is Caddick’s maiden name.
One well-wisher could be seen delivering an arrangement of flowers to the property, but only a single bouquet was already propped up against the gate.
Caddick’s parents Barbara and Ted are said to be ‘furious at ASIC’, the corporate watchdog, for what has happened.
Flowers addressed to Barbara Grimley were delivered to her home at Edgecliff on Friday following the news her daughter’s remains had been identified
Only a single bouquet of flowers could be seen propped up against the gate of her parents’ property
Caddick disappeared without warning on November 12 and despite multiple sightings reported to police, there were no confirmed reports of her whereabouts – until this week.
At 2pm on Sunday a dismembered foot was found by three teenagers when it washed up in a running shoe at Bournda National Park near Tathra. 9News reported one of the teenagers only found the foot when he went to throw it in the bin.
In a sworn statement tendered at the Federal Court, and recently made public, ASIC investigator Isabella Allen alleges Caddick hit her with a barrage of questions when authorities raided her $6.2million Dover Heights mansion on November 11.
Caddick allegedly demanded answers on how she was to abide by a court order freezing her assets.
Her decomposed foot was found by campers 400km away from Dover Heights on Bournda Beach in Tathra
Those questions includes: When would she have to appear in court? Where would she drop off her passports? Did one order mean she couldn’t use her credit cards, because she used them for all transactions?
Caddick also asked how quickly she had to write up a description of her assets and liabilities, and ‘how am I supposed to do that when you have taken my computers?’ she allegedly said.
The investigator replied: ‘I am unable to answer that question and it may be best that you speak to a lawyer. Do you have a lawyer?’
Police bodycam footage from the raid on Melissa Caddick’s home in November was the last confirmed sighting of her before disappearing the next day
It is believed ASIC had been investigating her for three months before the raid.
Investigators were looking into Caddick’s disappearance held vital clues about her whereabouts just days after she vanished.
Modelling by NSW Police marine rescue teams, taking tides and drift patterns into account, has explored the possibility that Ms Caddick entered the water in the Dover Heights area around November 12.
Melissa Caddick (pictured) disappeared without a trace from her Sydney home on November 11
Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti (right) with her brother Adam Grimley during their only press conference about her disappearance
Meanwhile on Wednesday it was made clear the investigation into the mission millions would continue.
“ASIC’s priority is to seek the return of funds to investors in the most efficient way possible,” an ASIC spokesperson said.
“Following the announcement … that the remains of Ms Melissa Caddick have been identified, ASIC notes that its investigation into Ms Caddick and her company, Maliver Pty Ltd, is continuing.”