EXCLUSIVE: Wealthy Sydney businesswoman was raided by police and slapped with a court order banning her from selling her home or fleeing Australia TWO days before she went missing from cliffside mansion
- Home of missing woman Melissa Caddick, 49, raided by authorities last week
- Officers collected evidence from Dover Heights last Tuesday morning
- Ms Caddick is under investigation by the corporate watchdog, ASIC
- ASIC won court order banning her from selling her assets or leaving Australia
- Ms Caddick is believed to have left home in her joggers about 5.30am Thursday
- Has not been seen since and did not take money, her phone or possessions
- Believed to have been wearing a black singlet top, leggings and Nike sneakers
A wealthy businesswoman who disappeared from her cliffside Sydney mansion a week ago was raided by authorities and slapped with a court order two days before she vanished.
Melissa Caddick, 49, is believed to have left her $7 million Dover Heights home in her activewear about 5.30am last Thursday, without her phone or purse. She hasn’t been seen since.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal plain-clothes Federal Police officers executed a search warrant on the mother-of-one’s home last Tuesday as part of an investigation by the corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
‘They had undercover police there on the Tuesday and they were just taking out clear bags filled with computers, papers, files and documents,’ one neighbour said.
‘We were just like: ‘What is going on?’
That same day, Ms Caddick was hit with stringent court banning her from leaving the country and ordering her not to sell any property.
Melissa Caddick (left) vanished from her family’s cliffside Dover Heights home a week ago . Her husband Anthony Koletti (right) is desperate for her to come home
Neighbours told Daily Mail Australia police had attended the property twice last week. First, undercover agents – believed to be AFP – executed a search warrant. Then on Friday NSW Police arrived (above) to investigate Ms Caddick’s disappearance
ASIC took Ms Caddick to the Federal Court and secured orders banning her from selling, mortgaging or disposing of her assets.
She was told to hand over her passport in 24 hours and produce information about the sources of her income, and any bank accounts she owned.
She was warned that if she disobeyed she would be ‘liable to imprisonment, sequestration of property or other punishment’.
An ASIC spokeswoman declined to explain why Ms Caddick was under investigation as the agency’s probe is ‘ongoing’.
Neighbours were stunned by the raid last week, telling Daily Mail Australia residents on the Wallangra Road block had set up a WhatsApp group to check in on each other in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The missing woman and her husband were the only household not involved.
‘We know pretty much the whole block except them, it’s very weird,’ another neighbour said.
‘You’d see him out the front occasionally, but most of the time you only hear him revving his car or the music blaring.
Ms Caddick was last seen after midnight last Thursday.
NSW Police detectives believe Ms Caddick left home about 5.30am that morning, dressed in her jogging gear.
NSW Police has launched a public appeal to help find business managing director Melissa Caddick (pictured) as the search entered its sixth day
A neighbour told Daily Mail Australia the couple ‘seemed very happy, she seemed to be a successful businesswoman and she had a son who lived with her and with the dad.
‘It’s just odd… we’re all a bit shocked that something like that could happen around here.’
The eagle-eyed local snapped a photo when NSW Police officers showed up at the house last Friday, just three days after the home was raided.
Officers have since walked the streets around the area looking for potential CCTV footage that would show which way Ms Caddick went after leaving her home.
Melissa Caddick is believed to have left her Dover Heights home (pictured) in her jogging gear last Thursday morning and hasn’t been seen sicne
Ms Caddick has had a long career as the managing director of companies including SalesXecution, a social media consulting firm.
Ms Caddick has described herself online as the managing director of SalesXecution, formerly known as Cadley Consulting Group.
The company describes itself as working in ‘the convergence of social media and sales performance and marketing.’
The court orders are against both Ms Caddick and a company with another name – Malivern Pty Ltd.
Ms Caddick is described as Caucasian, 165cm tall, slim build and has long brown hair.
She was last seen wearing a black singlet top and leggings, and silver ‘Nike’ sneakers.
Anyone with information about Ms Caddick’s whereabouts is urged to call police.
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