Police warn Toyah killer still on the loose; Seek more public information



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Family has provided a current photo of Toyah as she would have last been seen to assist the public in providing information to police. IMAGE Supplied

POLICE investigating the death of 24-year-old Woree woman Toyah Cordingley continue to appeal for public assistance. A homicide investigation was commenced after Toyah’s body was located on Wangetti Beach on Monday morning, October 22.

Detective Inspector Sonia Smith, Crime Services Far North Police District, said police had received tremendous support from the community, however investigators are renewing their appeal for information.

“This terrible crime has shocked and saddened the community and we’re seeing the result of this through the large number of reports from the public to both Policelink and Crime Stoppers.

“To date we’ve received over 240 Crime Stopper files, of which 50 are of interest to investigators.

“However, we still need more information and even if you think your information is vague, or insignificant, please pass it onto us, and we can assess it. Sometimes the biggest breakthroughs come from the smallest piece of information,” she said.

Investigators are particularly interested in the following:

• Anyone that has used the Wangetti carpark at the southern end over the past month or so;
• If anyone has noticed anything out of the ordinary, or anyone acting suspiciously at Wangetti Beach or the local area;
Detective Inspector Smith on Tuesday has highlighted four key areas of inquiry. Investigators continue to appeal for information from the public regarding these.
• Anyone that had dealings with Toyah at Rusty’s Market in Cairns on Sunday, October 21 between 12md and 1pm.
• 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.
• Anyone that used either the northern or southern Wangetti Beach carparks on Sunday October 21, or anyone that regularly uses them.
• Any family, friends, acquaintances or work colleagues of Toyah that have not already spoken to police, to come forward.


Detective Inspector Smith today released a photo of Toyah in the hope that it may assist with the investigation.

“Toyah was known to dye her hair from time to time and at the time of her death she had blonde hair.”

A crime scene remains in place at Wangetti Beach and an Incident Centre established at Cairns Police Station.

“We have a team of dedicated officers working around the clock, 24/7, determined to find answers for Toyah’s family and friends, and to obtain justice for Toyah.

“So please, again, can I ask you to contact police if you have even the slightest piece of information.”
Police and SES personnel conducted further searches at Wangetti Beach today, Thursday October 25, which also included the deployed of QPS forensic dogs.

“I would also like to thank the wonderful SES volunteers who have, and continue to, assist us tirelessly during this investigation.”

Police will be manning Crime Stoppers displays over the weekend to encourage members of the public to come forward. Further information will be provided in relation to the date, time and locations.

A homicide investigation was commenced after Toyah’s body was located on Wangetti Beach on Monday morning, October 22.

Media releases issued on October 23 can be found at: k3vc2.app.goo.gl/zjEk and https://k3vc2.app.goo.gl/cEQJ

Vision of the October 23 media conference can be found at: https://k3vc2.app.goo.gl/Hih7

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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

Quote this reference number: QP1801960170



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