Melissa Caddick inquest: Police ‘exhausted’ signs of life inquiries

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The lead investigator in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick said police were looking into the possibility her Uber account was active near Sydney Airport in the days after she disappeared.

Detective Sergeant Michael Foscholo was assigned as a “fresh set of eyes” on the case on November 23, 2020, roughly ten days after the fraudster vanished without a trace following a raid on her home by financial investigators.

He told a coronial inquiry on Friday that at the time he became the officer in charge, the “working theory”, which has since been dropped, was that Ms Caddick had deliberately gone missing and was potentially receiving help from husband Anthony Koletti.

The inquiry heard police analysis of Ms Caddick’s Apple and Uber accounts showed the possibility they had been accessed in the days following her disappearance on November 12, 2020.

Sergeant Foscholo said inquiries showed possible activity on Ms Caddick’s Uber account in the area of Sydney Airport on November 13.

Police spoke with Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Airways as well as Uber, the Taxi Council and NSW Transport in relation to Opal card records to determine if Ms Caddick had disappeared via the airport.

Investigators also accessed automated number plate and facial recognition from the Department of Immigration, as well as canvassing phone, email and social media accounts.

According to court documents, the inquiries yielded no evidence that Ms Caddick was still alive and led Sergeant Foscholo to conclude he had “exhausted all signs of life inquiries”.

Sergeant Foscholo told the inquiry the initial lead investigator on the case, Detective Sergeant Michael Kyneur, was under the impression Mr Koletti was hiding something and that Ms Caddick was still alive.

“It was his belief that Anthony Koletti may have been withholding information and somehow assisting Melissa,” Sergeant Foscholo said.

However, he added Sergeant Kyneur could not provide any specific theories on Ms Caddick’s whereabouts.

“It’s very important we remain open minded in these investigations because if something comes up during the course of the early inquiries it can shape how the investigation progresses,” Sergeant Foscholo said.

Mr Foscholo said he was working with three main theories, of which he thought the least likely was that Ms Caddick had been harmed by a disgruntled investor, or by somebody else, including Mr Koletti.

He said at the time Ms Caddick disappeared, most of her clients were unaware they had been ripped off by her, making revenge an unlikely motive.

The other theories, which Sergeant Foscholo said he gave roughly equal footing to, was that she had deliberately self-harmed, or voluntarily gone missing disappeared, either with or without the help of Mr Koletti.

On Friday the inquiry also heard from Senior Crime Scene Officer Ellen Konza, who conducted a forensic analysis of Ms Caddick’s home.

Ms Konza was tasked with looking for any blood in the premises or signs that blood had been cleaned up.

She was also looking for evidence of damage, doors or windows being forced, or anything that could suggest a struggle or that a body had been moved from the premises.

Ms Konza said her examination did not yield anything to suggest a crime had taken place in the home.

“I saw nothing that indicated any blood, clean up of blood or any damage that was of interest,” she told the inquiry.

The inquest continues.

Originally published as Police probed Melissa Caddick’s Uber account for activity at airport


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