Toyah and Troy Cordingley at Christmas last year. Picture: Facebook
Toyah and Troy Cordingley at Christmas last year. Picture: Facebook

Dad found daughter’s dead body at beach

A DAY after Toyah Cordingley failed to come home from walking her dog on a far north Queensland beach, a handful of the 24-year-old's family and friends sent search parties out to try to find her.

Toyah's dad Troy Cordingley led a search party to Wangetti Beach, the remote stretch of sand the 24-year-old had told people she was taking her boyfriend's dog on Sunday afternoon.

Early Monday morning, in the dunes of the quiet Queensland beach, Mr Cordingley found his daughter's body.

Queensland Police later said Ms Cordingley had sustained "visible, violent injuries" before her death.

Mr Cordingley was reportedly too distraught to appear on camera when approached by 9Newsbut confirmed he was the one who found his 24-year-old daughter in the sand dunes, 40km north of Cairns.

 

Toyah and Troy Cordingley at Christmas last year.
Toyah and Troy Cordingley at Christmas last year.

 

It's been more than five days since Ms Cordingley was killed on the beach. Detective Inspector Sonia Smith told reporters yesterday afternoon: "We need answers for Toyah's family."

Ms Cordingley's sister shared a photo of Toyah late on Sunday night, begging for help finding her.

Her body was found less than 12 hours later.

A crime scene is still in place on Wangetti Beach with dozens of police and SES combing the 800m stretch of sand and surrounding carparks for clues.

Police will take to the skies with mobile drones over the next few days with Det Insp Smith revealing more than 100 people are searching for evidence.

Approximately 105 officers including investigators (plain clothes and uniform), scientific and scenes of crime, dive squad, dog squad, water police and intelligence officers are based at Wangetti Beach.

A Cairns Post reader also spotted Queensland Police using electronic road signs on the Captain Cook Highway.

"Help solve Toyah's homicide. Phone 1800 333 000," the road sign read.

Police continue to pour resources into finding her killer.

"Someone out there definitely knows who did this," Det Insp Smith said.

"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."

 

Toyah, known to change her hair colour, had blond hair when she died. Picture: QPS
Toyah, known to change her hair colour, had blond hair when she died. Picture: QPS

 

"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.

Det Insp Smith also addressed taking DNA from locals.

"Those DNA samples are purely on a voluntary basis. They're for elimination and by consent," she said. "It's routine for any serious criminal investigation and to ask people if they're to provide DNA is just for elimination samples."