The human remains located on a Mollymook beach last Friday do not belong to Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick, NSW Police revealed on Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement, NSW Police confirmed the remains belong to an unidentified man.
“While it has been established the remains do not belong to Melissa Caddick, or a 39-year-old man missing from Batemans Bay area since Monday 25 January 2021, further testing including comparative DNA testing will be undertaken to identify the remains,” the statement says.
“The DNA profile will be compared against the missing persons database, which contains the hereditary and genetic mapping of long-term missing people in NSW.”
The South Coast Police District and the Missing Person’s Registry will assist in the investigation as well.
The remains in question, which reportedly include a belly button, washed up on Mollymook Beach on Friday night.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the remains were discovered around 150km north of Bermagui, where Caddick’s decomposing foot in an ASICS running shoe was found at Hobart Beach, NSW.
Melissa Caddick had been missing since November 12, 2020, and was last seen at her home on Wallangra Road, Dover Heights.
It is believed that she left home around 5.30am that same day, and had not been seen or heard from since.
Prior to her disappearance, Caddick’s home was raided by authorities from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) in regards to allegations against her financial services company, Maliver.
ASIC alleged that her company misappropriated investor funds and operated without a license.