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 Australian Federal Police officers executed a search warrant on the mother-of-one’s home last Tuesday to assist an investigation by the corporate watchdog, ASIC.
‘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 won orders banning her from selling, mortgaging or disposing of her assets.
She was ordered 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’.
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.
The police search today entered its seventh day and her distraught husband broke his silence to say he is ‘very worried’.
Husband of seven years Anthony Koletti told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper: ‘It’s really hard, I’m very worried, all I want is for her to be found.
‘We’ve been married seven years, we’ve known each other a long time.’
‘I’m doing everything to help detectives find her, it’s really hard, I just want to find her.
‘Right now I’m chasing every lead possible, all I want is to find her, this is very hard.’
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 said 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 couple were a bit of an unknown quantity on the street. ‘We know pretty much the whole block except them, it’s very weird,’ the local said.
‘You’d see (her husband) out the front occasionally, but most of the time you only hear him revving his car or the music blaring.’
The eagle-eyed local did however notice two appearances by police this week.
First, plain-clothes agents raided the property on Tuesday, and later, NSW Police detectives arrived to begin the search for Ms Caddick on Friday, following her disappearance.
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 her company, 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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