Polar cold snap to bring subzero temperatures, snow to parts of NSW


A pair of Antarctic cold fronts will bring subzero temperatures and snow to parts of NSW this weekend.

Sydney will experience a dramatic 10 degree drop in just a few days, with Friday’s 30C weather giving way to temperatures in the low 20s by Monday.

On the NSW south coast, temperatures will drop in two stages as the cold fronts succeed each other.

Friday’s temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees will drop to around 20 degrees by Saturday, and then down to a low of 17 on Sunday.

Not far from the coast, the Canberra region will be much colder, with Saturday morning temperatures of around 5C before the mercury will be expected to hover around the zero mark by Monday.

“The really cold weather will come by Monday or Tuesday, that’s because the cold front brings cooler air, and the wind needs to settle down before it gets really chilly,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jiwon Park explained.

Unlike the capital, the coast will be buoyed by unseasonably warm water temperatures.

“The south coast will remain a bit warmer because of the influence of the water,” Mr Park said.

“We are seeing sea surface temperatures remaining slightly warmer than usual.”

In fact, with the ocean temperature remaining around the mid-20s around Batemans Bay, and a few degrees cooler at Merimbula, south coast residents who want to stay warm may want to hit the surf.

The places where the polar conditions will really be felt include the alpine region, Monaro, the ACT, the southern tablelands and parts of the central tablelands like the town of Oberon.

“In parts of those areas we may see temperatures dropping down to below zero degrees during the early part of next week,” Mr Park said.

“There might even be some snow in some parts.”

In the Southern Alps, the snow level could drop below 1200 metres above sea level.

Where it doesn’t snow, the next few days are expected to be drier overall then the beginning of the week, Mr Park said.

“We’ve been under the influence of a moist easterly, and with the passage of the consecutive cold fronts from Friday to Sunday, there’ll be a replacement of that moist easterly by a cooler and drier southerly wind,” he said.

“It will be very dry.”



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Forecast for possible thick fog as rain even receded


Just as the clouds clear and the sun begins to shine on the east coast, motorists in particular are facing a new weather worry.

Thick fog could descend across vast tracts of the east coast and inland as the rain event clears and the sun begins to shine.

“There may be some areas of the state that will see some fog so be really mindful that you may not be able to see those hazardous conditions on the roads into the weekend,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) Agata Imielska said today.

The coming days could provide the ideal weather conditions for fog formation as the rain front heads off into the Tasman.

It’s left masses of moisture in the wake. With fewer clouds to keep things warmer overnight, the air can drop to what is known as “dew point temperature”. This is the temperature at which condensation occurs.

At this point, all that water vapour turns into tiny water droplets that hang in the air, forming fog. It’s the same process by which clouds are formed, but it occurs at the surface.

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Fog most commonly builds at night and stays around until it burns off through the morning as the mercury rises.

What’s striking about the possible fog for the coming days is just how wide it could stretch. Essentially, that’s as far as the rain event has stretched.

So anywhere from south east Queensland to far south New South Wales and beyond could see a foggy start to the coming days.

Helen Reid, a meteorologist at the BOM, told news.com.au areas including Sydney’s west, the mid north coast, and the state’s south coast could see fog. However, with rain lingering on the western slopes, that area may escape the mist.

“The fog is set to be extensive; quite the blanket. That’s not to say everyone will see it but it should be widespread.”

She warned motorists to be extra careful as the fog was set to be more like a thick covering than patchy. It could mean the entire journey to work is shrouded in cloud.

However, the BOM has said the fog is not a dead certainty. Warmer temperatures and stronger winds can all mean it doesn’t form or is blown away.

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NSW and Queensland will finally see the back of the system today as the front shifts out to sea. But parts of eastern Victoria and Tasmania are now in the spotlight. Very heavy rainfall is forecast for those regions and the Bass Strait.

Meanwhile, meteorologists have said flooding in the east could last for months, even after the sun comes out.

“Coastal catchments tend to respond very quickly. So, as that rain clears the situation can improve,” said meteorologist Victoria Dodds.

That doesn’t mean the floodwaters will recede immediately. In western Sydney, the mid north coast and the south coast of NSW as well as Queensland, rivers could remain high until the weekend as that rainfall washes out to sea.

But as we head into the weekend, with little extra rain, rivers should begin to return to normal levels.

However, that is certainly not the case west of the Dividing Range.

“In western New South Wales, once the rivers get going, they can keep flowing for not just days but weeks or months on end, as the floodwaters make their way through the state,” said Ms Dodds.

The issue is manifold. In the interior, the land is relatively flat, so the water is given little encouragement to drain. And the distance that water has to cover is vast before it finds its way to a major river like the Murray or to Lake Eyre.



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When the rain will finally end


It’s been a long, wet series of days for large parts of Australia’s east coast with a relentless band of wave of rain giving both NSW and Queensland an absolute drenching.

As flood-affected communities cop even more heavy rain today, the question on everyone’s lips is when these monsoon-like conditions will ease up.

According to Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe, today will see much heavier rain falling than yesterday – with a severe weather warning stretching almost the entire length of the NSW coast and southern Queensland.

“We’ve also got the threat of damaging winds with this system and that will pick up into Victoria by the time we get to tomorrow,” he said, adding that Gippsland and other parts of eastern Victoria were forecast to cop a drenching.

Queenslanders are being told to brace for “life-threatening” flooding, as the already soaked southeast could be pelted with another 150mm on Tuesday.

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At 4.30am, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for the southeast, saying heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is likely around the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, and Southeast Corner on Tuesday, continuing overnight into Wednesday morning.

“The situation is likely to pose a serious risk to areas already affected by heavy rainfall, including the risk of landslips in steep terrain,” the warning said.

“In these areas, the situation may become life-threatening.

“Six hour rainfall totals of 100-150 mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms.”

The good news is that, as today progresses, NSW and Queensland should start to see the rain finally start to die down.

The downside is that parts of Victoria and Tasmania will be hit by the same system over the next couple of days.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that today around 10 million Australians in every mainland state and territory except Western Australia were subject to the weather warning – “an area similar to the size of Alaska”, the largest state in the United States.

This could top up already saturated rivers in the state’s north and bring flooding to west just as the current trough moves down towards the south coast.

The north coast, south coast, Sydney and parts of western NSW are now all under threat.

However, the bureau’s NSW/ACT manager of weather services Jane Golding said the worst of the weather would be over for Sydney by Tuesday evening. “We might see some stars tomorrow night,” she said.

BOM meteorologist Justin Robinson said there were now flood alerts on a vast number of rivers. In addition, a new band of rain moving in from Central Australia to the east today will affect not just areas already sodden with moisture but other areas which up to now have been relatively untouched.

“This is a statewide flood event,” he said. “We’ve got a flood watch all the way from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border, all those coastal rivers.”

Queensland also has flood watch on a number of rivers in the southeast of the state.

“We’re expecting in the coming days to cause flooding in those rivers and new flooding in many of those communities have already been impacted in the last couple of days,” he added.

Mr Robinson said Kempsey, on the NSW mid-north coast, saw its waters rise to essentially the same height it was two days ago as fresh rain fed into the system.

The BOM has warned that the south coast of NSW, which hasn’t been as badly affected, could now see flooding.

In addition, western NSW, which the BOM defines as areas west of the Great Dividing Range, is also under threat as the fresh rain band moves in. Areas around Inverell could see major flooding.

Ms Golding said towns like Taree could see rivers rise again and renewed flooding.

“This extra rain is not what these towns needed.”



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Woman injured in shark attack off Merimbula beach on NSW south coast


A woman has been rushed to hospital after a shark attack on the New South Wales south coast on Saturday morning.

The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was injured in an apparent attack off the main beach at Merimbula about 7am.

About 30 km of coastline has been closed for the next 24 hours as investigators search for the shark responsible.

Emergency services were called to the beach and paramedics treated the woman for bites to her hip and thigh, according to Surf Life Saving NSW.

She has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.

“Beaches from Wallagoot Lake down to Pambula are closed for 24 hours after a woman in her 60s was bitten on the hip and thigh by a shark while swimming at Main Beach Merimbula,” Surf Life Saving NSW said on Twitter.

More to come.



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Murdoch Uni expert questions lack of barnacles on washed up shoe


An international aquatic forensics expert says a key detail in Melissa Caddick’s washed-up shoe suggests she was alive well after she disappeared.

The pristine-looking Asics running shoe containing the foot of the missing 49-year-old was found by surfers at Bournda Beach on the NSW south coast on February 21 – three months after the alleged conwoman vanished in November and 400km south of where she was last seen at her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Murdoch University expert Dr Paola Magni told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday that the shoe would have had barnacles and marine growth on it within two weeks of being in the water.

“November to now is summer time so the water is pretty warm with a lot of plankton, full of little creatures that are extremely active because of the warm water,” Dr Magni told the paper.

“I would have expected something on the shoe … based on my experience. If the shoe had been floating that long I would expect barnacles. But if a shoe was underwater protected perhaps in a plastic bag or submerged in a car there is less chance of barnacles maybe. Barnacles can attach on a shoe in 15 days in my experience.”

NSW Police are now assembling a team of forensic experts as they prepare a report for the coroner.

No further remains have been found despite extensive searches, including in the ocean below the Dover Heights cliffs a short walk from her $7 million home.

It comes after the state’s top cop on Monday entertained a wild theory on breakfast radio that Ms Caddick is still alive.

“There’s always a chance she cut her foot off and is still alive, though it’s pretty fanciful,” Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told 2GB.

While Mr Fuller said he was “satisfied” Ms Caddick is dead, the case remains wide open.

“We have 68 victims of fraud and we feel sorry for them,” he said.

“We’re still trying to recover funds and that investigation continues. But we haven’t closed this case.”

He said detectives were still looking for Ms Caddick’s remains and also for the missing millions.

Several leading criminologists have raised the idea that the 49-year-old mother was murdered, and police have confirmed they cannot rule out foul play.

Though Mr Fuller said this was a “slim chance”.

Ms Caddick was last seen on the night of November 11, hours after her home was raided by federal police and the corporate watchdog.

Her 15-year-old son told officers he heard the front door close at 5.30am on November 12 after his mother supposedly left for a morning run, but she didn’t take any belongings, including her phone.

Her $7 million Dover Heights home is just a short walk to the cliff face.

When asked whether she may have killed herself, Mr Fuller said “that’s a real difficult one” given many people take their lives in that area.

“(But it’s not often) body parts wash up so far south of Sydney and in such good condition given she went missing on or about November 11,” he said.

“Not to say it can’t happen. The coroner will make further determinations.”

According to the state’s top cop, the head of the NSW Police Marine Area Command said he had never seen remains “wash up in this manner”.

Many experts argue the condition of the shoe was too good for it to have been in the water for three months – a theory leading criminal psychology expert Tim Watson-Munro is leaning towards.

“The decomposition of the shoe would suggest it hasn’t been in the water for three months. While it’s not my area of expertise, if that’s the case a possible scenario is that she has been murdered recently or murdered and kept on ice for a while,” he said.

“A severed foot is a great throw off. They (police and public) see this and let it go.

“Of all the beaches and feet in the world, to find hers … what is the probability of that?”

Ms Caddick is accused of conning her family and friends out of around $25 million through her fraudulent investment business Maliver Pty Ltd.

– with NCA NewsWire



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Best things to do in Batemans Bay and Mogo, NSW


Welcome to Open for Business.

Each week, news.com.au in partnership with Tourism Australia and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency will shine a spotlight on an Aussie region devastated by the 2020 bushfires. The video series will provide ideas on ways to help, where to visit and cafes not to miss on your next holiday at home.

An enduring escape destination for couples, families and friends, the NSW south coast has plenty to offer.

But an adventure to Batemans Bay and nearby Mogo – both dotted within the Eurobodalla region – is where you’ll find Mother Nature’s best on show.

Beaches, rainforests, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, camping, fishing, hiking, delicious local restaurants and countless locally owned boutique shopping options complete the region, which has everything you could ever want in a holiday.

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The district’s reputation for quality produce and great food is also well founded, with charming eateries and working farms to visit, as well as enough bays and beaches to have you busy for weeks on end.

The south coast stretches from Wollongong in the north to the Sapphire Coast in the south, but a visit to Batemans Bay and into Mogo are two spots not to leave off your bucket list.

BATEMANS BAY

With a population of 17,500, Batemans Bay is the bustling coastal hub only two hours’ drive from Canberra and four from Sydney.

With cool small-town charm, fresh coastal air and some of the most stunning beaches in the country – like McKenzies Beach in Malua Bay, Denhams Beach, and the stunning Corrigans Cove – you’ll wish you never had to leave.

After the beach, head back into town for a quick game at Batemans Bay Mini Golf, cruise down the Clyde River to Nelligen or visit Birdland Animal Park in Catalina, which is home to more than 100 species of native birds and animals.

If shopping is more your scene, drop into the Batemans Bay Sunday Market, held the first and third Sunday of each month and peruse the stalls selling books, clothes, food, collectables, plants, gifts, antiques and more. For some stunning handmade jewellery, Juela Mogo is a hidden gem full of unique pieces.

To escape the hustle and bustle, head north to discover hidden gems like Depot Beach, Durras and Bawley Point, where you’ll experience the magic of the Murramarang National Park with plenty of hiking trails, beaches and even kangaroos.

Batemans Bay is the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Appreciate the Clyde River oysters at

Pearly Oyster Bar and Farm and pick up a dozen or two of fresh oysters from the Wray Street Oyster Shed. Make sure you visit Narooma for its annual Narooma Oyster Festival.

The region is filled with crystal-clear waters, especially along the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail. This underwater adventure trail explores three snorkelling locations – Maloneys Beach, Sunshine Cove Beach, and Guerilla Bay.

No trip to the region is complete without a visit the Montague Island Nature Reserve, where you can snorkel with the fur seals and explore the historic lighthouse – or even spend the night.

MOGO

The quaint little town of Mogo was devastated by the 2019 bushfires, losing both homes and shops in the blaze. But over time, the town has started to rebuild from the ashes.

Only 10 minutes south and inland from Batemans Bay, Mogo is nestled in gorgeous bushland, and home to the iconic Mogo Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 250 animals, and one of the only two places in Australia where you can see the majestic white lion.

While living and breathing nature, explore the hectares of parkland at Murramarang National Park and Birdland Animal Park, home to an abundance of Aussie wildlife including the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and over 100 species of Australian native birds.

After exploring the zoo, make sure to stop into Gandary Bakers in Moruya – home to a little ‘locals gem’.

Serving up delicious doughnuts with a twist, such as lemon-filled or even with a layer of custard, you will be coming back for more of their baked delights considered “the best” in the region by locals. Oh, and you’ll want to leave room for a pie at Mogo Pies, where they serve up homemade pies which are considered the best in the region.



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Where Sydney conwoman’s remains could be


The remains of a missing Sydney conwoman may have travelled hundreds of kilometres out to sea and there’s no certainly they were carried in the same direction as her Asics shoe, which was found on the south coast three months after she vanished.

A desperate search is under way for the remains of conwoman Melissa Caddick after her decomposed foot washed up 400km from her home.

Police divers are expected to comb the water near her Dover Heights mansion, but an oceanographer has hinted at just how far Ms Caddick’s remains may have travelled.

Professor Moninya Roughan, who specialises in circulation along Australia’s east coast, said a team of researchers placed drifters into the water at Newcastle last year.

The UNSW-led study found the devices could float up to 800km out to sea before returning to shore months later.

Some even initially travelled north despite the majority being carried southward, presenting a theory that Ms Caddick’s remains could continue to turn up unexpected and in surprising locations.

Some drifters travelled as far as Jervis Bay over a two-month period.

“The timing was remarkable because it was about the week she (Ms Caddick) disappeared,” Professor Roughan told NCA NewsWire.

“It tells the story that it is possible for something to be deployed in the ocean in Sydney and end up as far as the south coast.”

Many of the drifters got caught in an oceanic eddy (a whirlpool or large body of rotating water), travelling hundreds of kilometres out to sea before returning to the coastline.

Some drifters moved in the opposite direction, meaning if Ms Caddick did enter the water at Dover Heights, there’s a chance her remains travelled north if caught in this oceanic pattern.

“It’s possible things may have floated to the north first … anywhere up to Newcastle,” Professor Roughan said.

“At that time (of the study and disappearance) there was a period of northward flow which comes and goes. It’s more transient but circulations to the south are more dominant.”

Professor Roughan said occasionally her team would lose drifters in the ocean. Twice those instruments washed up years later, one on the west coast of New Zealand and the other on the Greater Barrier Reef.

“This is the problem with the ocean, nothing is impossible,” Professor Roughan said.

Ms Caddick’s Asics runner and decomposed foot were found on Bournda Beach hundreds of kilometres from her Dover Heights home three months after she vanished.

“I’m not an expert in human remains but the shoe itself was the mechanism, it was buoyant, which is why it washed up,” Professor Roughan said.

“The question I’m asked is ‘why didn’t anyone see it (the shoe), it’s such a busy time of year’? It could have moved offshore, even 50km offshore is not unreasonable.”

Detectives have returned their focus to the waters below the Dover Heights cliff, just a few hundred metres from Ms Caddick’s $7m mansion.

When asked why this might be the case, Professor Roughan said there was a chance the other shoe got stuck or was wedged deep in the ocean, but that seemed “implausible”.

More remains have washed up since the discovery of Ms Caddick’s shoe, including part of a human torso which was later revealed to belong to a Sydney man Kenneth Klees who vanished on February 1.

Bones and other remains have been found, some linked to animals. None have been connected to the Ms Caddick mystery.

Ms Caddick has not been seen since she vanished from her home in the early hours of November 12, two days after it was raided by the corporate watchdog and federal police.

She was accused of swindling family and friends out of millions of dollars through her financial business Maliver.



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Police divers resume search at Dover Heights


The search for remains belonging to conwoman Melissa Caddick will resume in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, if surf conditions allow it, after it was called off on Wednesday.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said specialist police would examine surf conditions before entering the water below the Dover Heights cliffs.

Divers spent three hours accessing the area on Wednesday but determined it was not safe enough to dive into the ocean below.

A hazardous surf warning in place for the coast on Wednesday has eased, according to the bureau, but will be reinstated on Friday.

The discovery of Ms Caddick’s Asics runner and decomposed foot, more than 400km south of her $7m mansion, on February 21 raised more questions than answers.

Since the grim finding was revealed there have been several other discoveries along the south coast, including a human torso, which was later confirmed to belong to missing Sydney man Kenneth Klees, intestines and bones.

None of the findings have been linked to the Sydney mother, leaving police still desperate for answers.

Investigators are still exploring the theory that the 49-year-old entered the water near her Dover Heights home despite experts raising scepticism that the shoe was in too good of a condition to have been in the water for three months.

Detectives are exploring several theories, including Ms Caddick took her own life, but they cannot rule out foul play or that she may have been alive for weeks if not months after she vanished.

Either way, her final movements not being captured on security footage continues to baffle police.

Her son told police he heard the front door close at 5.30am on November 12, two days after her home was raided by federal police and the corporate watchdog.

She left without any of her belongings, and there’s no evidence of where she went next.

There are no plausible sightings from witnesses either.

Ms Caddick is accused of stealing more than $20m from investors, many of them friends, through her financial business Maliver.

Last month a court was told that Ms Caddick had less than $6000 left in her account.

Meanwhile, a leading criminologist believes she was murdered and had a “plan B” if her dodgy dealings were uncovered.

“I believe she had a plan, ” Tim Watson-Munro told NCA NewsWire.

“It’s unlikely on impulse she would have ended her life.”

There’s no suggestion Ms Caddick’s family has anything to do with her disappearance or suspected death.

FINDINGS TIMELINE:

February 21 – Asics runner with decomposed foot found on Bournda Beach, later confirmed to belong to Ms Caddick.

February 26 – Remains of what appears to be a human torso, including a belly button, wash up on Mollymook Beach. They are later confirmed to belong to a Sydney man Kenneth Klees.

February 27 – Two bones found on Tura Beach, just a few kilometres north of where Ms Caddick’s shoe was found. Forensic testing concludes they are animal bones.

February 27 – More remains found north of Cunjurong Point. Testing under way to work out if they belong to a human or animal.

February 28 – More remains found at Warrain Beach, near Culburra on the south coast. Testing to determine if they are human or animal.



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Remains found at Mollymook Beach identified as missing Ingleburn man


Human remains found on the NSW south coast belong to a missing Ingleburn man, police say.

It comes a day after NSW Police ruled out the remains found at a beach at Mollymook late on Friday belonged to alleged fraudster Melissa Caddick.

On Wednesday, the force said the remains had been determined to belong to a man reported missing from Sydney last month.

The 37-year-old man was last seen at an ATM in Kiama about 1.30pm on Monday, after he caught a train from Ingleburn.

Officers from Campbelltown City Police Area Command commenced inquiries to locate the man and will continue to lead investigations into the his final movements.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police were called to the Mollymook Beach about 6.30pm on Friday, after a member of the public located human remains.

It came hours after police told the public about discovering Ms Caddick’s badly decomposed foot in an Asics running shoe at Bournda Beach the previous Sunday.

After campers found Ms Caddick’s shoe on February 21 police confirmed the foot inside belonged to her by comparing DNA from her toothbrush.

Mystery of what happened to Ms Caddick continues, with police not ruling out foul play or that she might have taken her own life.



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More remains found as mystery deepens


More remains have washed up on the NSW south coast, some within the vicinity of where Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick’s decomposed foot was found.

But there’s a chance the new find could add even more mystery to the already complex case.

Police last week revealed Ms Caddick’s Asics runner was found at Bournda Beach on February 21. The remains of a badly decomposed foot were inside.

DNA testing, using her toothbrush, confirmed they belong to the 49-year-old fraudster.

Hours later human remains, including what appeared to a human torso, were found on a Mollymook beach.

The remains are undergoing forensic testing to help determine who they belong to.

If confirmed to be Ms Caddick, it would put to bed theories that she could still be alive.

However, there’s a chance they belong to a snorkeller who went missing off Batemans Bay in late January.

The 39-year-old man entered the water at Richmond Beach in the Murramarang National Park – about 200km north of where Ms Caddick’s foot was found.

He was never seen again.

On Saturday evening two bones were discovered at Tura Beach, near Merimbula, just a few kilometres from where Ms Caddick’s shoe was located.

The bones have been seized for forensic testing to determine if they are human or animal, a NSW Police spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire.

More remains were found by a member of the public on Saturday near Cunjurong Point.

Despite earlier reports suggesting they were intestines, police could not confirm the nature of the grim find, only that they would also be subject to forensic testing to work out whether they came from a human.

Several theories have emerged suggesting the conwoman may still be alive.

Earlier, Assistant Commissioner Michael Willing said police could not rule out foul play or that Ms Caddick might have taken her own life.

“We’ve been keeping an open mind all along … but given the fact she left personal belongings (behind) we’ve always considered the possibility she may have taken her own life,” he told reporters on Friday.

The businesswoman vanished from her $7m Dover Heights mansion in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in November last year just two days after Australian Federal Police and ASIC searched the property.

She was accused of swindling millions of dollars out of friends and family through her finance business Maliver Pty Ltd.

Her remains were found about 400km from her home.

Investigations have not been able to determine when she entered the water, but her foot was found dry and decomposed.

Police used modelling software to examine coastal patterns and determined an “object that entered the water around the Dover Heights area on November 11 could drift down as far as Bermagui”.

The link between the discovery of the Asic runner and Ms Caddick was made because footage captured her wearing that exact shoe on the night the corporate watchdog raided her home.

The particular model is not sold in Australia and can only be purchased from Israel.

Ms Caddick’s family, including her husband Anthony Koletti, were given the tragic news on Thursday night.

Despite making a major breakthrough with the discovery of her running shoe, several key details continue to elude detectives, including what happened after she left her Dover Heights property and even how she left.

Criminology experts have since disputed the idea she is dead, explaining a person can survive without a foot.

“When it was just a foot I would caution against the possibility that somebody is deceased. You can survive without your foot,” University of Newcastle associate professor of criminology Xanthe Mallett told Weekend Today.

There’s no suggestion her family had anything to do with her dodgy dealings or disappearance and suspected death.

Results from DNA testing were likely to come through later this week, a spokeswoman for NSW Police said.

FINDINGS TIMELINE:

February 21 – Asics runner with decomposed foot found on Bournda Beach, later confirmed to belong to Ms Caddick.

February 26 – Remains of what appears to be a human torso, including a belly button, wash up on Mollymook Beach. They’re undergoing DNA testing to confirm the identity. There’s a chance they could belong to a snorkeller who went missing in late January.

February 27 – Two bones found on Tura Beach, just a few kilometres north of where Ms Caddick’s shoe was found. Forensic testing under way to determine if they are human or animal.

February 27 – More remains found north of Cunjurong Point. Testing under way to work out if they belong to a human or animal.



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