Expert weighs in on theoretical Bronte Beach body could be Melissa Caddick

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The discovery of a body on a Sydney beach near where Melissa Caddick was last seen has sparked wild speculation online that the decomposed corpse could be that of the scammer, but a medical expert -Leading legal has refuted this theory.

Police were called to the north end of Bronte Beach in the city’s east end at around 5.45am on Wednesday after a call from a member of the public who made the grim discovery.

Immediately rumors began circulating online that it could be the 49-year-old fraudster who was last seen on November 12, 2020, and whose foot was stranded on a south coast beach in February 2021.

The north end of Bronte Beach is closed after the body of a washed up woman is found

Wild theories on social media have been circulating that the body (pictured being taken away by police on Bronte Beach in Sydney) may be missing from con artist Melissa Caddick

Wild theories on social media have been circulating that the body (pictured being taken away by police on Bronte Beach in Sydney) may be missing from con artist Melissa Caddick

Melissa Caddick (pictured) stole around $30 million from investors in a Ponzi scheme

Melissa Caddick (pictured) stole around $30 million from investors in a Ponzi scheme

“Melissa Caddick? Is a foot missing? one person wrote.

Another said: ‘Thought about Melissa too.

Dozens of other commenters also seemed convinced the washed body was Caddick.

Police, who cordoned off the beach and declared a crime scene, said the corpse appeared to have been in the water for a long period of time.

Professor Johan Duflou, who is the former clinical director of the NSW Department of Forensic Medicine, said there was very little chance a body that had been in the ocean for over a year would be intact like the one found at Bronte.

“It would be highly unlikely that anything would be left after nearly 18 months in the ocean,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

“It’s because of animal predation and the effects of water on the body, as well as decomposition.”

Police (pictured loading the body into a van) said the corpse appeared to have been in the water for a long time

Police (pictured loading the body into a van) said the corpse appeared to have been in the water for a long time

Police cordoned off Bronte Beach (pictured) and declared a crime scene immediately after the grim discovery

Police cordoned off Bronte Beach (pictured) and declared a crime scene immediately after the grim discovery

Another factor making it unlikely that the body is Caddick is that police believe the deceased woman was between 20 and 30 years old – although this is a wide estimate due to the state of decomposition.

Forensic tests will be needed to determine his exact age.

Detectives were currently treating the case as ‘not suspicious’ and were going through missing persons records to clarify his identity.

Bronte Beach was closed early Wednesday morning but reopened mid-morning after police took down a forensic tent and packed up as rain began to fall.

Police would not say if the body was missing a foot, as Ms Caddiok’s would be after it was found on a beach 14 months ago.

Caddick is pictured during the ASIC-AFP raid on her Dover Heights home on November 11

Caddick is pictured during the ASIC-AFP raid on her Dover Heights home on November 11

Caddick is believed to have died after her foot (pictured) washed up on a beach in Bournda, south Tathra in February - around 400km from her home in Sydney where she was last seen

Caddick is believed to have died after her foot (pictured) washed up on a beach in Bournda, south Tathra in February – around 400km from her home in Sydney where she was last seen

Caddick was wanted by police after disappearing in November 2020 with $30million of her clients’ savings, until she was pronounced dead four months later when her rotting foot drifted to the ground 400 km south of his home in Sydney at Bournda Beach.

Judge Brigitte Markovic ruled Nov. 22 that Caddick provided unlicensed financial advice between 2012 and 2020 under the Maliver banner.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has attempted to recoup some of the savings its 72 customers paid into the scam.

But it’s feared most of the money was spent to fund Caddick’s lavish lifestyle on luxury clothing, real estate, jewelry, supercars, real estate and overseas vacations.

Melissa Caddick (pictured with husband Anthony Koletti) scammed over 70 investors - mostly family and friends

Melissa Caddick (pictured with husband Anthony Koletti) scammed over 70 investors – mostly family and friends

WHAT MELISSA CADDICK WOULD HAVE SPENT MONEY ON

Court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia explain how Ms Caddick spent her millions.

According to an affidavit from an ASIC investigator, spending from his single American Express account from December 2017 to August 2020 includes:

$187,650 Canturi Jewelry

$48,588 Chanel

$52,584 Cosmopolitan shoes

$229,277.84 Dior

$45,600.85 FarFetch

$39,757.69 Net to wear

$14,180.19 Valentino

$48,303.28 Stockx

$108,586.45 “Flight Center”

$17,777.23 Louis Vuitton

HORRIFIED SURFERS SEE BODY FLOATING IN WATER

As the body washed ashore early on Tuesday morning, local surfers told Daily Mail Australia they had seen something floating among the waves the night before.

Local Max Vemeer said he went surfing around 5 p.m. Tuesday as the sun was setting.

“I walked in and there was another guy outside and we thought we saw a body nearby,” he said.

“We weren’t 100 per cent sure, so we didn’t call it. But it was floating towards the beach, so we figured anything would eventually run aground.”

Mr Vemeer arrived in Bronte around 9am for an early morning surf and upon seeing the crime scene he realized what he had witnessed the day before.

“It was quite shocking,” he said. ‘It wasn’t a pretty sight. It was face down so I could see the back. It was strange. He was naked so we thought he must be a model.

“It was hard to see, but the hair looked dark. It looked like a woman, and pieces of skin seemed to have…disappeared, ”added Mr. Vemeer, pointing to his arms.

Surfer Max Verneer has relived the horrific moment he knowingly found himself alongside the rotting remains of a woman's decomposed body adrift in the sea off a popular Sydney beach

Surfer Max Verneer has relived the horrific moment he knowingly found himself alongside the rotting remains of a woman’s decomposed body adrift in the sea off a popular Sydney beach

Another revealed surfers watched in horror and disbelief when they spotted the remains on Tuesday evening, but dark and stormy conditions prevented them from confirming exactly what it was.

“We saw what we thought was a body, but no one wanted to go near it. [to check],’ he said.

‘It was really close. We were like surfing with. Her head was down, so all you could see was what looked like someone’s butt. It was really weird.

Netizens had assumed he was just a store mannequin until news of the body’s discovery broke on Wednesday morning.

“We thought it was a mannequin or a dead animal or something,” the user added.

“We were going to tell the lifeguards, but when we got back to shore they were all gone.

“We thought about calling the police, but given that it was late and dark, we thought there was no way to find him.”

Another viewer, Hamish, added: ‘It’s quite shocking. [As a local] you would like to know what happened.

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