News People Police believe missing Sydney businesswoman is still alive

Police believe missing Sydney businesswoman is still alive

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Melissa Caddick, pictured with her husband Anthony, has been missing since November 12. Photo: ABC
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Investigators believe Sydney financial adviser Melissa Caddick is still alive, more than two months after she vanished from her eastern suburbs home without a trace.

The 49-year-old did not take her mobile phone, wallet or keys when she left the house in Dover Heights for a run just before sunrise on November 12.

Ms Caddick has not been seen since.

“We are treating the case as if she’s alive,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told Nine radio.

“We’re still actively looking for CCTV, downloading information from her car’s computers and again doorknocking … to try to identify where she may be.”

The corporate watchdog, ASIC, had been investigating allegations Ms Caddick’s firm, Maliver, was operating without a licence.

Some of Ms Caddick’s clients and friends have also spoken to the ABC about their superannuation investments going missing.

Court documents show more than $20 million was withdrawn into Ms Caddick’s direct investment account over nearly three years.

“There’s two aspects to this … the NSW Police is leading a missing person investigation into her going missing,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“The Australian Security Investment Commission is also running an investigation into potential frauds in relation to superannuation investments in the millions, perhaps the tens of millions of dollars.

“There are potentially hundreds and hundreds of victims out there and of course her family members who want answers and we are actively investigating that.”

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Ms Caddick’s brother and husband made a tearful appeal for any information about her whereabouts. Photo: ABC News

Commissioner Fuller said police had not given up on finding Ms Caddick and again urged people who may know where the businesswoman is to come forward.

“In 2021 it is very difficult to go missing and not be found given the electric footprint that we all leave behind and cameras and a whole range of other electronics that exist in our lives now,” he said.

A week after she went missing, Ms Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti made a public plea for help.

“Melissa is an incredible and dedicated mother, a beautiful daughter, sister and loved wife,” Mr Koletti said at the time.

“We are asking the community to help bring Melissa home.

“We know how much we love you, just come home, everything is taken care of, just come home.”