Missing millionaire and alleged fraudster Melissa Caddick likely had an exit plan if she was ever caught, according to a forensic psychologist.
The Sydney-based financial adviser disappeared on November 12 last year, just two days after police revealed she was being investigated for allegedly siphoning tens of millions of dollars from her clients.
Detectives have suggested they believe Ms Caddick is still alive, and are investigating whether she fled to Queensland.
Missing millionaire and alleged fraudster Melissa Caddick (pictured) likely had an exit plan if she was ever caught, according to a forensic psychologist
Detectives have suggested they believe Ms Caddick is still alive, and are investigating whether she fled to Queensland (pictured, Ms Caddick’s husband)
Sarah Yule, who worked for NSW Police as a senior forensic psychologist, said someone who committed ‘sustained, calculated, thought out offences’ likely had a plan, Daily Telegraph reported.
‘When they are planning that sort of criminal behaviour it is probably more likely they are also planning what they will say and do when they get caught,’ she said.
Dr Yule added it was important to research the person’s history to understand their movements and the motivations behind their actions.
‘The criminal activity is relevant as it goes to an understanding of that person, what they are capable of and how far they might go to pursue their own goals even to the detriment of someone else,’ she said.
Police are running out of time to access crucial CCTV footage which may provide a lead on the whereabouts of the 49-year-old – including video from Sydney airport.
Most cameras automatically delete footage after 30 days to make space for new data, meaning officers are in a race against time to find any evidence of her fleeing Sydney.
Ms Caddick, 49, vanished on November 12, two days after a Federal Police raid on her $6.1million Dover Heights home for allegedly misappropriated tens of millions in investors’ funds
They are particularly interested in any CCTV footage near the airport, as well as Point Piper and Pulpit Point marinas, Watson’s Bay, Hermit Bay and Parsley Bay wharves.
Footage taken at Edgecliff and Bondi Junction train stations are also forming part of the investigation, The Daily Telegraph reported.
60 Minutes revealed several of Ms Caddick’s former friends – victims of her alleged financial scheme – are assisting police in the hopes of having some of their money returned.
Former NSW Police lead detective Gary Jubelin is also assisting, and questioned whether Ms Caddick had accessed her phones since her disappearance.
‘Have accounts been activated? Have phones been used?’ he asked.
A friend of Ms Caddick’s previously revealed her WhatsApp account had been accessed twice since her disappearance.
Several of Ms Caddick’s former friends – and the victims of her financial scheme – are assisting police in the hopes of having some of their money returned to them (pictured, alleged victim Michelle Leslie and her partner)
Ms Caddick’s husband (pictured together) claims to have not heard from her since her disappearance. He is not accused of any wrongdoing
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)
In screenshots seen by Daily Mail Australia, Ms Caddick’s account had ‘seen’ two messages sent by the friend in the days after she went missing.
Detective Jubelin now seems to think that might be a clue in eventually tracking her down.
Another detective explained that there are ‘a lot of accounts, a lot of movement and a lot of money,’ linked to the matter.
‘Somebody always knows something,’ she explained.
Meanwhile alleged victims and former friends say they’ve been left entirely in the dark about Ms Caddick’s activities. Some claim to have lost millions that they trusted her to invest.
Michelle Leslie, who was once Ms Caddick’s personal trainer before the pair became friends, entrusted the financial adviser with her nest egg.
A detective explained that there are ‘a lot of accounts, a lot of movement and a lot of money,’ linked to the matter
Anthony Koletti, 38, is understood to be spending his time at his in-laws place in Edgecliff – rather than his missing wife’s $7million mansion (pictured, having a coffee in Bondi on January 15)
But she and her husband are now facing the reality that they may never see that money again.
‘She’s a narcissist. Evil woman,’ she said in a teaser clip for the upcoming 60 minutes episode.
‘I hope you’re watching this Melissa. It’s the betrayal, just the lies and the stories this lady spun.’
After hearing stories from multiple alleged victims, journalist Tom Steinfort remarked that Ms Caddick appeared to be ‘a criminal mastermind’.
It has been revealed that police are investigating the theory that Ms Caddick may have staged her disappearance among several others.
The businesswoman was dressed in her activewear when she left the house about 5.30am on Thursday, November 12.
She was apparently headed off on her usual morning run but left her phone and keys at home.
Security camera footage of the front of her house the home did not capture the events of that morning, frustrating standard police checks.
Detectives are operating as if Ms Caddick is still alive, and investigating whether she fled to Queensland. But they are running out of time to prove their theory, and are in a race against time to access crucial CCTV footage which may provide a lead on the 49-year-old (pictured, left with her partner and right on her own)
Two days earlier, Ms Caddick had been raided by the Federal Police in connection with an investigation by the corporate regulator, ASIC.
She was also slapped with a Federal Court order, ordering that her passport be surrendered and barring her from selling, disposing of or mortgaging her assets.
ASIC was probing whether her company Maliver Pty Ltd had misused millions from investors. The victims were largely friends and associates.
Ms Caddick is also accused of splurging on luxury brands such as Dior and Chanel, overseas holidays, limousines and even protein shakes.
An affidavit seen by Daily Mail Australia states that $20million of investors funds were deposited into her accounts between January 2018 and September 18, 2020.
Melissa Caddick’s partner (pictured) claims he has not heard from her since she disappeared
The corporate watchdog alleges Ms Caddick opened up fake CommSec accounts for her clients and sent them fake monthly reports of how their shares were going.
As of Friday, Ms Caddick has been missing 78 days. Should she not be found in 90 days – in two 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.
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.
The corporate watchdog alleges Ms Caddick would open up fake CommSec accounts for her clients and send them fake monthly reports of how their shares were going (pictured, on a ski trip)
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