Fam­ily’s plea for an­swers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Danaella Wivell

GRIEF-STRICKEN fam­ily mem­bers grap­pling with Toyah Cord­ing­ley’s beach­side mur­der have im­plored wit­nesses to come for­ward.

The 24-year-old’s body was found at Wangetti beach, 25km south of Port Dou­glas, on Mon­day morn­ing af­ter she af­ter she took her dog for a walk on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Ms Cord­ing­ley was re­ported miss­ing late Sun­day and fam­ily mem­bers put a call out to so­cial me­dia af­ter she failed to re­turn home.

Po­lice say they are re­ly­ing on in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic to help find the Cairns woman’s killer.

Rachelle Foss posted a heart­felt tribute to her cousin on Face­book, re­call­ing an idyl­lic child­hood spent to­gether build­ing forts and putting on shows for their fam­ily.

“You ra­di­ated sun­shine wher­ever you went and lit up ev­ery room. If I could just hold you one last time and tell you how much I love you,” Ms Foss wrote. “My heart is bro­ken into a mil­lion pieces. How could any­one ever want to hurt you. You were the purest soul, free spir­ited and kind.

“You were al­ways an in­spi­ra­tion to me with how self­less you were and the amaz­ing vol­un­teer work you did. I’m so glad the last time I saw you we were danc­ing the night away and sit­ting on your kitchen floor eat­ing ve­gan sausage rolls and rem­i­nisc­ing about when we were kids. “I know you are safe now. I love you so much.”

Ms Foss urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Toyah’s death to con­tact po­lice.

“Ev­ery lit­tle bit of in­for­ma­tion helps, even if it may (sic) not seem im­por­tant,” she wrote.

Dou­glas Mayor Ju­lia Leu la­belled the 24-year-old’s mur­der a “dis­gust­ing, hor­rific and fa­tal act of vi­o­lence against a young woman who was en­joy­ing what so many peo­ple do on a daily ba­sis – walk along our beau­ti­ful beaches”.

“It is ex­tremely chill­ing to think a mur­derer is out there,” Cr Leu said

“I have lived here for 27 years and this is not some­thing we ex­pect.

“Peo­ple know they can come to the Dou­glas Shire and have a won­der­ful, safe ex­pe­ri­ence in our trop­i­cal par­adise.

“My deep­est con­do­lences, along with the whole Dou­glas Shire com­mu­nity’s, goes out to the fam­ily and friends of the vic­tim.”

Po­lice would like to speak to any­one that spoke with or saw Ms Cord­ing­ley at Rusty’s Mar­ket in Cairns on Sun­day be­tween noon and 1pm.

They also want to speak with any­one with dash-cam footage from the Cap­tain Cook High­way at Wangetti Beach on Sun­day, any­one who used the north­ern or south­ern Wangetti Beach carparks and any­one who reg­u­larly uses them.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Toyah Cord­ing­ley should con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.


Toyah Cord­ing­ley and, in­set, po­lice con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of Ms Cord­ing­ley at Wangetti Beach.

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