Toyah Cordingley murder: Police renew call for information


Victoria Stone-Meadows


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SHATTERED: Emotions ran high at the United for Toyah event at Wangetti Beach last weekend. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
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Police have issued a renewed call for information relating to the death of 24-year-old Wangetti woman Toyah Cordingley.

The call for information comes following a search of the Lake Placid and Caravonica areas conducted by Police and SES during the weekend.

Detective Inspector Sonia Smith said the search of the areas led to the discovery of a number of items relating to the investigation but would not reveal what those items were.

Police have widened the search to three key areas of enquiry including suspicious behavior from up to two years ago and dashcam footage as far south as Cardwell.

Smith also said police are interested to speak with anyone who may have seen people behaving suspiciously in the time surrounding the murder.

“Firstly, We are keen to speak to anybody who saw any suspicious activity in the Lake Placid or Caravonica areas on the afternoon of Sunday, 21 Ocotber, between 4 pm and 5.30 pm,” she said.

“Second, we would like to speak to anyone who has any dashcam footage traveling North on the Captain Cook Highway between Clifton Beach and Wangetti between 4.30 and 5.30pm Sunday, 21 October 2018.

“The third area we are interested in is speaking to any females who may have been approached by males acting inappropriately or making them feel uncomfortable in the last 12 months to 2 years on beaches or secluded areas between the northern beaches and Cardwell.”

Police confirmed a number of calls had already come through to crime stoppers about men approaching women on secluded beaches.

Smith remained tight-lipped on why Cardwell was the boundary for their investigation but encouraged people from outside the boundary to come forward as well.

“[The northern beached to Cardwell] is the primary area we are concerned with, but if anyone ants to come forward and is outside those boundaries, we encourage them to call crime stoppers,” she said.

Smith thanked the community for their support since the beginning of the investigation and encouraged everyone to keep providing information to crime stoppers. 

“Police are heartened by the support of the community with events like walks tattoos and bumper stickers; these all go a long way keeping Toyah in the thoughts of the community,” she said.

“Hopefully more people com forward following today’s appeal and I also want to assure the people of Cairns and Wangetti that their safety is of paramount and high importance to police.


“Toyah’s family and community have put their faith and trust in police to find answers in relation to Toyah’s death and we are working 24/7 in order to achieve these.“

Anyone with information is encouraged to call crime stoppers on 1300 333 000 or report anonymously at



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