Family’s plea for answers
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.