The husband of missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick has issued a desperate message to his wife urging her to return home after going missing eight days ago.
Ms Caddick, 49, has not been seen since she left her $7million home at Dover Heights in Sydney’s wealthy eastern suburbs at 5.30am last Thursday without her phone or purse.
The mother-of-one’s husband Anthony Koletti said ‘we just want her back’ before a reporter asked him if he had a message for his wife on Friday.
Businesswoman Melissa Caddick (right), 49, and her DJ husband Anthony Koletti (left). Ms Caddick, 49, has not been seen since she left her $7 million home at Dover Heights, in Sydney’s east, at 5.30am last Thursday, without her phone or purse
‘You know how much we love you. Just come home. Everything’s taken care of. You’re not in trouble,’ Mr Kolletti replied.
Mr Koletti said he had last seen his wife when they went to bed on Wednesday night.
Everything had been ‘as normal’ and the next morning she got up to go for her usual run about 5.30am.
Mr Koletti said he was asleep at the time, but Ms Caddick’s teenage son was in the home’s gym at the time and heard the front door shut as she left.
When the pair eventually got out of bed themselves they found her belongings at home.
‘She always took her phone, in this case it is the only time since I’ve known her that she did not take her phone with her,’ Mr Koletti said.
‘I was advised to contact (police) within 24 hours and I did.’
Ms Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti (centre) and her brother Adam Grimley (right) speak to reporters on Friday. Mr Koletti said: ‘You know how much we love you. Just come home. Everything’s taken care of. You’re not in trouble.’
A day before Melissa’s November 12 disappearance, the Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the her home as part of an investigation into her business dealings by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).
It is understood during their raid on the property an issue occurred with a CCTV camera outside Ms Caddick’s mansion, meaning the camera was not recording when she went for her run on Thursday morning.
Eastern Suburbs detective inspector Gretchen Atkins said they were at a loss to find a trace of her on any of the CCTV cameras in the area.
She also admitted they are now treating Ms Caddick’s disappearance as ‘suspicious’.
CCTV cameras at the home where Ms Caddick lived with Mr Koletti (pictured) were not working on the morning she went missing
‘We have had some issues getting the CCTV at this point in time, its still a process and we are not sure if it has actually recorded,’ Det Insp Atkins said.
‘Wednesday was the last time we know it (the CCTV at the home) did record.
‘Unfortunately we haven’t (had any luck with CCTV). Neighbours have been trying to help us as much as they can.
‘At this point in time we don’t (have any leads), we are just trying to piece together Melissa’s final movements that we’re aware of and that’s why we are doing an appeal.
‘We don’t have any locations that we know that she’s been, she hasn’t attended appointments that she had, which is why we’re really concerned.
‘She doesn’t have her phone and she doesn’t have any access to bank accounts.’
In addition to searching for CCTV footage, police have searched along the cliffs at Dover Heights and The Gap – a known suicide spot.
Mr Koletti said his wife had left the home about 5.30am last Thursday without her phone, keys or wallet, which was out of the ordinary
Mr Koletti (pictured leaving Bondi Police Station with Mr Grimley) was asleep at the time, but Ms Caddick’s teenage son was in the home’s gym at the time and her the front door shut as she left
Ms Caddick (in both photos) was ordered not to transfer money offshore from any of her 17 bank accounts – which included one filled purely with US dollars
TIMELINE OF MELISSA CADDICK’S DISAPPEARANCE:
Wednesday, November 11:
– Australian Federal Police perform a daytime raid on Ms Caddick’s home at Dover Heights over her business
– Midnight: Ms Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti goes to sleep next to his wife, the last time he sees her
Thursday, November 12:
– Ms Caddick gets up at 5.30am, the time of her usual run. Her teenage son is in the home gym at the time and hears the front door shut, but does not see her
Friday, November 13:
– Ms Caddick does not return home and a worried Mr Koletti attends the Federal Court where his wife is due to hand in her passport as part of the AFP investigation into her
– After attending the court in her absence, Mr Foletti is encouraged to report her missing and police attend their home to take a statement
Tuesday, November 17:
– NSW Police reveal for the first time that Ms Caddick is missing
Friday, November 20:
– Mr Koletti and Ms Caddick’s brother Adam Grimley make a public appeal for help in the search for her
Ms Caddick reportedly frequented the Dover Heights, Bondi and Double Bay area on her runs, with police appealing for anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage that may show her to come forward.
She was due to face the Federal Court on Friday to hand in her passports over the ASIC and AFP investigation but never showed.
In her place Mr Koletti attended court and told officials of her disappearance, at which point he was told to report her missing.
Neighbours said plain-clothed police removed laptops, files and documents in bags of evidence from her home last Wednesday – prior to her disappearance.
‘They had undercover police there on the Wednesday and they were just taking out clear bags filled with computers, papers, files and documents,’ one neighbour said.
‘We were just like: ‘What is going on?’
That same day, Ms Caddick was hit with stringent court order banning her from leaving the country, ordering her not to sell any property and demanding she not transfer money offshore from her 17 bank accounts.
ASIC took Ms Caddick to the Federal Court and successfully had her banned from selling, mortgaging or disposing of her assets. She was ordered not to send her own money – contained in a lengthy list of bank accounts – offshore.
Justice Jayne Jagot also ordered she surrender ‘the name, physical address, email address and phone number of each person who currently has funds deposited’ with her company for investment purposes, plus the location and amount of that money.
Ms Caddick was warned that if she disobeyed the orders she would be ‘liable to imprisonment, sequestration of property or other punishment’.
An ASIC spokeswoman declined to explain why Ms Caddick was under investigation as the agency’s probe is ‘ongoing’.
Neighbours said they were stunned by last week’s raid, telling Daily Mail Australia she and her husband kept to themselves.
NSW Police has launched a public appeal to help find business managing director Melissa Caddick (pictured) as the search entered its sixth day
Neighbours told Daily Mail Australia police had attended the property twice last week. First, undercover agents – believed to be AFP – executed a search warrant. Then on Friday NSW Police arrived (above) to investigate Ms Caddick’s disappearance
Residents on the Wallangra Road block had set up a WhatsApp group to check in on each other in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The missing woman and her husband were the only household not involved, the neighbor claimed.
‘We know pretty much the whole block except them, it’s very weird.
‘You’d see him (Mr Koletti, a DJ) out the front occasionally, but most of the time you only hear him revving his car or the music blaring.’
Ms Caddick was last seen after midnight last Thursday. NSW Police detectives believe she left home about 5.30am that morning, dressed in her jogging gear.
A neighbour told Daily Mail Australia the couple ‘seemed very happy, she seemed to be a successful businesswoman and she had a son who lived with her and with the dad.
‘It’s just odd… we’re all a bit shocked that something like that could happen around here.’
The eagle-eyed local took a photo when NSW Police officers showed up at the house on Friday, just three days after the home was raided. This time, they were there to find a missing person.
Melissa Caddick is believed to have left her Dover Heights home (pictured) in her jogging gear last Thursday morning and hasn’t been seen sicne
Earlier this week Mr Koletti told The Daily Telegraph he was helping detectives with their every request.
‘We’ve been married seven years, we’ve known each other a long time.’
‘I’m doing everything to help detectives find her, it’s really hard, I just want to find her.
‘Right now I’m chasing every lead possible, all I want is to find her, this is very hard.’
Ms Caddick’s most recent business was as a director of Maliver Pty Ltd, which was subject to the ASIC action.
Ms Caddick is described as Caucasian, 165cm tall, slim build and has long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black singlet top and leggings, and silver ‘Nike’ sneakers.
Anyone with information about Ms Caddick’s whereabouts is urged to contact NSW Police. Her ASIC court case returns to the Federal Court for hearing on November 27.
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