Hundreds of people took part in a combined hunt for clues about Toyah Cordingley's murder at Wangetti Beach. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN
Hundreds of people took part in a combined hunt for clues about Toyah Cordingley's murder at Wangetti Beach. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN

Hundreds comb beach for clues about Toyah’s murder

POLICE have praised the efforts of a huge crowd of volunteers who have helped comb Wangetti Beach for clues about Toyah Cordingley's murder.

More than 200 members of the public joined police and State Emergency Service for a combined search this morning, 42km north of Cairns, with some using metal detectors to hunt through the sand and scrub for anything that would point authorities in the right direction towards the 24-year-old's killer.

Toyah's father Troy Cordingley made the tragic discovery of his daughter's body in sand dunes at Wangetti Beach on Sunday, October 22, a day after she was reported missing.

She had driven to the popular spot for an afternoon walk with a dog.

The slaying of the much-loved pharmacy worker has caused an outpouring of sorrow

and shock across the Far North.

While there were no fresh leads found at the beach this morning, Cairns CIB Detective sergeant Brad McLeish said they were grateful for the extra support from the community.

"I think today is as much about community support as it is about solving a murder," he said.

"But nothing of interest has been found, to date, that I'm aware of."

He said he had never experienced so much assistance from the public for a homicide investigation.

"This is a unique investigation, but the motivation for the community and police to try and solve (the homicide) is second to none," he said.

He urged anyone with any information, no matter how small, to get in contact with police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone who may have found items of interest during today's Wangetti Walk are also urged to contact police via Policelink at 131 444.