This post deals with suicide and might be triggering for some readers.
The remains of missing millionaire Melissa Caddick have been identified on a beach on the NSW South Coast, more than three months after she went missing from her Sydney home.
Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Willing told media on Friday morning a shoe and a foot were located by campers on the shoreline of a national park south of Tarthra on Sunday February 21.
"DNA from the foot was last night matched to DNA. Melissa's family were informed of the identification last night and are obviously distressed," Willing told reporters.
Human remains located at a beach on the state’s South Coast at the weekend have been forensically identified as those of missing Dover Heights woman, Melissa Caddick.https://t.co/BdTzd8au3k— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) February 25, 2021
While he couldn't say how long Caddick had been in the water Willing said it had been "some time", with investigations into the circumstances of the businesswoman and alleged con woman's disappearance ongoing.
"Police have always kept an open mind in relation to what the circumstances were for her disappearance, including the fact that Melissa may have taken her own life. However, a definitive decision in relation to the manner, time and cause of death is a matter for the coroner," he said.
Police not ruling out foul play but indications are the remains have been in the water for some time consistent with Melissa Caddick’s time of disappearance. Drift modelling suggests that over 3 months the body could have reached that far.— Kate McClymont (@Kate_McClymont) February 25, 2021