Qld police provide update on Toyah Cordingley murder investigation

Police are appealing for women who may have been approached by men acting inappropriately or aggressively on Cairns beaches to come forward as they continue to hunt for the killer of young Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley.

The 24-year-old’s body was found 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 the Sunday afternoon, but never returned home.


At a press conference on Monday, Detective Inspector Sonia Smith issued a fresh appeal for information and revealed that detectives had spent the weekend scouring new areas of interest.

“This weekend police launched a search of the area surrounding Lake Placid in Carivonica, after detectives identified areas of interest to the investigation,” Inspector Smith said.

“The searches were conducted by police, Water Police and the SES and have now concluded.”

Inspector Smith said police found “a number of items that will form part of the case” but said she was unable to provide any further comment in relation to the areas of interest or the results of the search.

To date, police have received more than 800 calls to Crime Stoppers and hours of CCTV and dashcam footage from the public.

They’re now appealing for help from the public in three particular areas.

“We’d like to speak to anybody who saw any suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary in the Lake Placid or Caravonica area on Sunday afternoon, the 21st of October 2018, between 4pm and 5.30pm,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

“The second area is that we’d like to speak to anybody who has any dashcam footage from any vehicle travelling north on the Captain Cook Highway between Wangetti Beach and Clifton Beach between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

“And the third area is that we’re also keen to speak to any females who have been approached by any males either acting inappropriately, aggressively or making them feel uncomfortable in the last 12 months to two years in any beach area or secluded area between the northern beaches of Cairns and Cardwell.”

“We remain committed to finding answers for Toyah and her family.”