Inquest told Melissa Caddick’s husband appeared ‘evasive’ following her disappearance

Sep 14, 2022
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The inquest into the disappearance of missing fraudster Melissa Caddick has heard that the conwoman’s husband, Anthony Koletti, allegedly appeared “evasive” when questioned by police.

Caddick has not been seen since November 12, 2020, when she disappeared from her beachside mansion the same day the Australian Investment and Securities Commission (ASIC) raided her Dover Heights home.

The 49-year-old is presumed to be deceased after the remains of her foot were discovered on the NSW South Coast.

During the second day of the inquest, the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Michael Kyneur, told the court that an officer relayed to him that Koletti allegedly appeared not “overly concerned” that his wife had gone missing.

“He didn’t appear to be overly concerned,” Kyneur said.

“In my experience, if your spouse or loved one goes missing there is usually some genuine concern or some type of emotion.”

The court was also told that Koletti allegedly allowed 30 hours to pass before reporting Caddick missing.

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Fellow investigator, Sergeant Trent Riley, reported to Kyneur that Koletti was allegedly “evasive, vague and inconsistent” while speaking with police.

Despite Koletti’s alleged behaviour, Kyneur claimed it was “not a viable proposition” that Koletti murdered Caddick.

“There was no evidence in the house of any struggle or violence, I was mindful that (Caddick’s son) was present at the time that she left,” Kyneur said.

During the first day of the inquest on Tuesday, September 13, doubt was cast over the theory that Caddick amputated her own foot to stage her disappearance.

Orthopaedic surgeon David Lunz was asked to weigh in on the suggestion that Caddick had amputated her foot. Lunz said it would have been “extremely difficult” for Caddick to perform such a procedure as it would have resulted in heavy blood loss and possible infection.

Junior Counsel Assisting the inquiry Louise Coleman told the court that an amputation would require the use of a prosthetic which would likely have raised questions regarding the theorised amputation.

“Having regard to that evidence, your Honour may form the view that it is very unlikely that Ms Caddick has amputated her own foot, with or without the assistance of a non-medically trained individual, in order to stage her disappearance,” Coleman said.

The inquest also heard that a previous autopsy had determined that the severed foot did indeed belong to Caddick, however it could not determine how the foot came to be separated.

The inquest remains ongoing and is expected to draw to a close at the end of the week and will recommence for a second week on September 26.

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