'Some cold hard facts': Murdered woman's stepdad posts harrowing call for justice


The stepfather of a woman found murdered on a Queensland beach after walking her dog has made a harrowing call for justice.

Toyah Cordingley was found in the dunes of Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, on October 22 after failing to return home.

Desperate pleas have been made by family and the wider community to find her killer, but so far nobody has been arrested.

Her stepfather has now made a heartbreaking plea on Facebook about what the family has suffered since her death.

Toyah Cordingley’s dad says somebody must know something. Source: Facebook/Darren Gardiner

“Here’s some cold hard facts, the first picture was when Toyah first got her licence and car six years ago,” Darren Gardiner wrote beside a number of images.

“Now that the police have finished with Toyah’s car it has been delivered on a tilt tray truck to our house to pretty much the same place.

“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 and visit us was always a special time for our family.

“But that 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 on the beach.”

A box of ashes is all that is left of Toyah Cordingley. Source: Facebook/Darren Gardiner

Mr Gardiner said all that was left of Toyah was a box of ashes.

“Just because this person thought it was ok to steal her young life in a senseless act, let that sink in,” he said.

“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.

“Personally I don’t believe that no one knows nothing, seems impossible to me, someone knows something willingly or unwillingly.”

Mr Gardiner said every sticker printed with Toyah’s face calling for information and every news story should be getting to the person who committed the crime.

“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,” he said.

Detective Inspector Sonia Smith has previously said police were keeping an “open mind” when asked if the search for her killer was stretching beyond local boundaries to wider areas.

“We will leave no stone unturned until we find out who is responsible for Toyah’s death,” she said.