Police release vision of Toyah Cordingley on day of her murder

Queensland Police have released vision of Toyah Cordingley’s final moments as they continue to hunt for the young woman’s killer.

The 24-year-old was found dead in the sand dunes at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, just after 8am on Monday 22 October.

Toyah had headed to the beach to walk her dog on Sunday afternoon, but never returned home.


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A week later, detectives have received more than 530 Crimestopper files, but are yet to identify the person responsible for Ms Cordingley’s death.

“This terrible crime has impacted the community on many levels and we are heartened by the support we have received so far, but we continue to appeal for more help,” Detective Inspector Sonia Smith said.

“Crime Stoppers and Policelink have obtained a lot of information from the public, so far we’ve received more than 530 Crime Stopper files. We also had a lot of support from the community at our Crime Stoppers displays at Rusty’s Markets and Wangetti Beach over the weekend.”

Detectives have now released CCTV images of Toyah in the hours before her death on Sunday, October 21.

The vision shows Toyah crossing at the intersection of Sheridan Street, near Rusty’s Markets, at about 12.40 pm.

Detectives hope the vision will jog the memory of any members of the public who may have seen Toyah at Rusty’s Market on Sunday and who have not yet spoken to police.

“Toyah was wearing a light coloured crocheted singlet top and carrying a large striped colourful bag when she was at Rusty’s Markets and she was there for just over half an hour,” Inspector Smith said.

“It is possible that Toyah changed clothes after leaving the markets.”

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Police have also released an image of the 2009, blue, Mitsubishi Lancer sedan driven by Toyah, which was parked in the southern car park at Wangetti Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone who saw the vehicle on Sunday from 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm is being asked to contact police.

Detectives are also desperately appealing for a man and woman with two young girls who were seen picnicking at Wangetti Beach prior to 1.20pm on Sunday to contact them.

“Initial information suggests they interacted with a couple and their dachshund (sausage dog) in the southern car park, and that the dog attempted to hop into the family’s sedan. We’re hoping this piece of information may prompt their memory,” Inspector Smith said.

Anyone who has pictures and footage taken between the Port Douglas turn-off and Ellis Beach turn-off on the Captain Cook Highway on Sunday between 2pm and 3pm are also being encouraged to come forward, while members of the community are being urged to take notice of the people around them.

“We ask members of the community to be aware of those around them and to note any unexplained injuries, behaviour changes and missing or damaged clothing,” Inspector Smith said.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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