UPDATE @ October 24: POLICE are renewing their appeal for information as they continue to hunt for the killer of young Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley.
The body of the 24-year-old was found at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, just after 8am on Monday.
It’s understood the young woman’s family reported her missing after she failed to return home from walking her dog on Sunday afternoon.
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The pharmacy worker’s vehicle was found abandoned in the southern car park of the beach, whilst her dog was found uninjured in the area.
During a press conference held in Cairns on Tuesday, Detective Inspector Sonia Smith highlighted four key areas of inquiry that detectives believe would greatly assist the investigation.
Officers said they would like to speak to anyone that had interacted or spoken with Toyah at Rusty’s Market in Cairns on Sunday October 21 between 12 midday and 1pm.
They’re also urging anyone with dash-cam footage who were travelling on the Captain Cook Highway between the northern carpark and the southern carpark at Wangetti Beach on October 21 to come forward.
Police are also particularly interested in speaking with anyone that used either the northern or southern Wangetti Beach carparks on Sunday October 21, or anyone that regularly uses them.
Whilst officers have already spoken to a number of people, they’re urging any family, friends, acquaintances or work colleagues that have not already spoken to them to come forward.
“We are still establishing her movements and that’s part of why we need to get information from the community today to establish exactly what led up to Toyah’s death and what her movements were up until her death,” Detective Inspector Sonia Smith said.
EARLIER @ October 23: POLICE have launched a murder investigation after a young woman’s body was found on a beach in Far North Queensland.
A member of the public made the grim discovery at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, just after 8am on Monday.
The body has since been identified as that of missing 24-year-old woman Toyah Cordingley who disappeared while walking her dog on Sunday afternoon.
The woman’s car was found in the carpark where she had left it, whilst her dog was also found uninjured in the area.
“The circumstances make this suspicious and we are conducting a murder investigation,” Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher told reporters.
“All we know is that a body of a young woman was found at Wangetti Beach… we believe this young woman arrived and parked around 2:00pm or 2:30pm. She was with her large dog.”
A murder investigation is underway after the body of a 24-year-old Cairns woman was found at Wangetti Beach in far north Qld this morning. The woman has been identified as Toyah Cordingley who was reported missing yesterday. Police say its critical anyone in the area contact them pic.twitter.com/DhkBo1HwbA
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Detective Kinbacher urged anyone who may have noticed anything or anyone acting suspiciously to come forward.
“There may have been males in the area that have made women uncomfortable, been behaving unusually, paying too much attention,” Detective Kinbacher said.
“Those sort of people, we want to hear about them.”.
Senior Sergeant Kinbacher says he is particularly appealing for anyone with vision or dashcam footage of the carparks at Wangetti Beach or roads leading to and from the area to contact them.
“We are particularly interested in anyone with dashcam footage taken between 2pm and 7pm on Sunday, October 21, travelling north or south on the Captain Cook Highway between Smithfield and Port Douglas,” he said.
“We are also interested in footage that may capture the southern or northern carparks of Wangetti Beach.”
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