Detectives investigating the murder of Toyah Cordingley, 24, at Wangetti Beach in Far North Queensland are trying to track down the owners of at least 70 vehicles seen near the crime scene. Picture: Facebook
Detectives investigating the murder of Toyah Cordingley, 24, at Wangetti Beach in Far North Queensland are trying to track down the owners of at least 70 vehicles seen near the crime scene. Picture: Facebook

Heartbreaking post on murdered Toyah

A Facebook tribute by the stepdad of murdered Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley has gone viral as the community renews efforts to find her killer.

Darren "Snake" Gardiner penned the emotional tribute after police returned Ms Cordingley's car following the completion of forensic tests last week.

The 24-year-old pharmacy worker was found dead on Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, by a search party led by her father Troy Cordingley, on Sunday, October 21 after she failed to return from walking her boyfriend's dog Jersey.

Police have not revealed how the young woman was killed but said she sustained "visible and violent" injuries and that Jersey was found nearby, tied to a tree so tightly the animal could barely sit down.

 

 

 

Toyah Cordingley’s killer remains at large six weeks after her murder. Picture: Facebook
Toyah Cordingley’s killer remains at large six weeks after her murder. Picture: Facebook

Mr Gardiner attached five photographs to his post, including one of a decorative box containing Ms Cordingley's ashes, saying it was "all (her mother) Vanessa and myself and Troy have left".

"Now that the police have finished with Toyah's car it has been delivered on a tilt tray truck to our house," he wrote.

"Normally she would pull up in the driveway and the dog would go nuts because it knew the attention it was going to receive from Toyah and having her come back home to visit us was always a special time for our family.

"But this has all changed now because six weeks ago she was walking her dog mid afternoon on Wangetti beach without a care in the world.

"But someone took it upon themselves to brutally murder her and bury her on the beach, pictured behind her in picture 2.

"Now all Vanessa and myself and Troy have physically of Toyah is a box with her ashes in it, picture 5, just because this person thought it was OK to steal her life in a senseless act, let that sink in."

 

 

The December 1 post by Toyah Cordingley’s stepfather Darren Gardiner has been shared more than 16,000 times in just five days. Picture: Facebook
The December 1 post by Toyah Cordingley’s stepfather Darren Gardiner has been shared more than 16,000 times in just five days. Picture: Facebook

 

Mr Gardiner said all Toyah Cordingley’s family have left is her car and her ashes (pictured bottom right), photographs and memories. Picture: Facebook
Mr Gardiner said all Toyah Cordingley’s family have left is her car and her ashes (pictured bottom right), photographs and memories. Picture: Facebook

 

Mr Gardiner's post continued: "Nothing can bring her back, memories, photos, videos are all we have now. Personally I don't believe in all that stuff about being in heaven and her looking down at us. For me she has gone, finished."

He praised the community's latest efforts to help track down Ms Cordingley's killer - a bumper sticker and poster campaign which has seen the young woman's face plastered on shop fronts and cars up and down the coast this week.

It is hoped the initiative will encourage scores of motorists who drove past the crime scene around the time of the murder to come forward so they can be eliminated as suspects.

On November 28, Queensland homicide detectives released a video featuring stills of 70 vehicles which travelled between Clifton Beach and Wangetti Beach between 5.02pm and 5.07pm on October 21.

"We believe that these drivers may hold information which is vital to the investigation moving forward," Detective Inspector Sonia Smith said.

"What we would like to do is urge the public to work the video, look at the still photographs and identify whether that's their vehicle in the footage or in the photographs.

"The information is important to us and we would encourage people to come forward and talk to police."

Det Insp Smith said the vehicles of interest included cars, motorcycles, coaches and trucks.

 

 

 

Toyah Cordingley loved sunflowers, which feature heavily in a new bumper sticker and poster campaign organised by her local community to help flush out her killers. Picture: Facebook
Toyah Cordingley loved sunflowers, which feature heavily in a new bumper sticker and poster campaign organised by her local community to help flush out her killers. Picture: Facebook

 

Toyah Cordingley beams as she transports her mother Vanessa’s 50th birthday cake. Picture: Facebook
Toyah Cordingley beams as she transports her mother Vanessa’s 50th birthday cake. Picture: Facebook

It is unclear whether investigators have tracked down two men seen acting suspiciously by a group of friends who had been picnicking at the northern end of Wangetti Beach around the time Ms Cordingley was killed.

A member of the group told The Courier Mail they were driving back to Cairns when they were waved down by two dishevelled men next to a white 4WD ute with a flat tyre.

He described the men as scruffily dressed and in a "highly agitated state" on the side of the highway near Wangetti Beach southern car park where the victim's car was later found.

"We stopped to help, and they were in a really stressed state," the witness, who has given a statement to police, told the paper.

"It might be nothing, but they were really strange, and in a real panic to get out of there."

 

Volunteers help police comb Wangetti Beach for clues in the days after Toyah Cordingley’s murder. Picture: Stewart McLean
Volunteers help police comb Wangetti Beach for clues in the days after Toyah Cordingley’s murder. Picture: Stewart McLean

 

Police have released a map of the search area on Wangetti Beach. Picture: Supplied
Police have released a map of the search area on Wangetti Beach. Picture: Supplied

 

Mr Gardiner thanked everyone displaying the bumper stickers and signs, which feature Ms Cordingley's smiling face and sunflowers, and hoped it would help flush out her killer or killers.

"Personally I don't believe that no one knows nothing, (it) seems impossible, to me someone knows something, willingly or unwillingly," he said.

"So every sticker, sign, news story has to be getting to someone, especially the person who has done this.

"So I hope through all this, it is starting to put some pressure on some people to do the right thing and help us get the only thing left for us and Toyah and that's some justice.

"So we thank every single person who displays a sticker, shares a story and keeps this all going in the hope we can end this part of this nightmare."

Rugby league legend Billy Slater boosted the campaign's visibility by making a special appearance at the Innisfail Woolworths shopping centre for an on-air radio challenge with 4KZ/Kool FM's Gary "Gazza" McIlroy.

Police have yet to make an arrest or identify a person of interest six weeks after Toyah Cordingley’s murder. Picture: Facebook
Police have yet to make an arrest or identify a person of interest six weeks after Toyah Cordingley’s murder. Picture: Facebook

Anyone with information about Toyah's Cordingley's murder is urged to call Crime

Stoppers on 1800 333 000.