Toyah group keeps growing
WHAT started as a tribute has turned into a movement.
A group dedicated to finding justice for slain 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley is closing in on 13,000 members and is proving a powerful tool in the search for information into her death.
The Honour Toyah Facebook page has just secured signage inside the Clifton Village and Cairns Central Shopping centres, while a billboard with custom artwork will soon be erected near Barron River on the Captain Cook Highway.
“It’s exciting (the growing support), but it’s also a pretty grim situation that we are going into seven weeks and we haven’t got an arrest,” founder Bronwyn Farr told the
“We are determined this will not become yesterday’s news. We don’t want it to become a cold case that people talk about and wonder what happened.
“It’s quite challenging doing what we’re doing.” It comes as
revealed police are looking for a former Innisfail nurse and married father-of-three as a person of interest in the unsolved murder. The Indian national has not been seen after booking a flight out of Australia after a trip to Cairns on the same day Ms Cordingley was murdered. Her body was found at Wangetti Beach, 25km south of Port Douglas.
Despite the claim, police have called for calm and say they are still looking at several possible suspects. The revelation also prompted a caution by Honour Toyah group moderators to its 12,800 members to refrain from “thoughtless speculative posts” that could compromise legal proceedings.
This included “any abuse, accusations or threats towards the accused”.
“Let’s be aware this will be an immensely challenging time for Toyah’s family and friends,” it read.
Speaking before the development in the case, Ms Farr said the group’s page was a positive space for people to ‘express their feelings that hasn’t turned negative or dark”.
She said the circumstances surrounding Ms Cordingley’s death had damaged the perception of the Douglas shire community.
“What happened is not who we are. It’s so foreign to the lifestyle we all live,” she said.
The Honour Toyah group, which has the backing of Ms Cordingley’s family, is expected to meet with Queensland Police Media to discuss potential fundraising and other initiatives.
Kirsty Diamond with Bronwyn Farr at an event on Wangetti Beach, organised by Ms Farr, to keep the news of Toyah Cordingley's brutal murder on October 21 in the public eye.