lengthy delays in reviewing CCTV, analysing DNA

The November 2020 disappearance by Melissa Caddick in Sydney was two months ago. Police had not been able to obtain DNA from Melissa’s toothbrush. Also, after three months only 20% of CCTV footage had been reviewed by police, an inquest found.

Detective Inspector Gretchen Atkins, the crime manager of the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command, blamed staff shortages and lack of resources for the delays, the inquest into Caddick’s disappearance and presumed death has heard.

Gretchen Atkins in September at the NSW Coroners CourtCredit:Kate Geraghty

Caddick (49) vanished on November 12, 2020 at 5.30 AM. Just hours before her disappearance, Caddick, 49, disappeared at 5.30am on November 12, 2020. Her Dover Heights home was raided and searched by Australian Federal Police. This was in relation to a $23million Ponzi scheme Caddick had run since 2012. Her Family and friends were the victims.

Caddick was never seen, and there has been no CCTV footage that shows her movements in the morning.

The CCTV equipment at Caddick’s house in Wallangra Road had been seized by the Australian Federal Police the previous day.

Melissa Caddick During The Raid By The Afp.

Melissa Caddick during a raid by the AFP

Caddick’s partial remains, contained in her running shoe, washed up on a remote South Coast beach on February 21, 2021.

Six days earlier Atkins was at Bondi police station for the three-month review of the police investigation into Caddick’s disappearance. The officer-in-charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Michael Foscholo, told the meeting that he was “struggling” and needed help as only 20 per cent of the CCTV footage had been reviewed.

Atkins said that extra police had been assigned to review footage including injured police officers who couldn’t do regular duties.

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