Dad's tragic note on anniversary of Toyah Cordingley murder

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·3-min read

The father who discovered the body of his daughter on a Queensland beach after she was murdered has written a heart-wrenching tribute to mark the two-year anniversary of her death.

Toyah Cordingley, 24, was found dead a day after she went missing while walking her dogs on Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, on October 21, 2018.

Ms Cordingley’s naked body with “visible and violent injuries” was later discovered partly buried in sand dunes by her father, Troy Cordingley.

On Wednesday, her father wrote a tribute to his daughter detailing the heartbreak he has experienced without her in the two years since.

A close-up picture of Toyah Cordingley. Source: Facebook
Toyah Cordingley's death has remained a mystery for two years. Source: Facebook

“Two years ... it seems like yesterday ... it seems like one hundred years,” he wrote on a Facebook page to honour his daughter.

“I had a million things to say, but now I don’t seem to be able to.

“I miss you more than life itself, I would trade places with you in an instant.

“I am now half the person I used to be, you are my world. You are all the love, joy and happiness I have ever known, you taught me to be a better person.

“Without you everything seems pointless.”

Troy Cordingley pictured with a tribute to his daughter and on Wangetti Beach. Source: Facebook
Troy Cordingley found his daughter's body on Wangetti Beach after she went missing. Source: Facebook

Police seeking information from the public

In the past two years police have named just one person of interest in the case.

The Cairns Post revealed a father-of-three, Rajwinder Singh, was identified as a key person of interest by police but he reportedly flew to India the day Ms Cordingley’s body was found.

Despite collecting DNA evidence, CCTV footage and using mobile phone signals to narrow down on a suspect, Australian police have not released any major details to the public.

Queensland Police told Yahoo News Australia in a statement detectives continued to work tirelessly towards ensuring justice for Ms Cordingley and her family.

Toyah Cordingley pictured with her dogs. Source: Facebook
Toyah Cordingley went missing while walking her dogs on a Queensland beach two years ago. Source: Facebook

“Police have faced a number of challenges due to the complex nature of the investigation, however remain committed to maintaining the integrity of the rigorous process,” the statement said.

“Toyah’s family remain in our thoughts and detectives continue to liaise with them and provide regular updates on the investigation’s progress.

“Whilst police acknowledge public interest in the case, our primary focus is ensuring Toyah’s killer is brought to justice without compromising the investigation.”

Police have again appealed for anybody with information in relation to Toyah’s death to come forward.

Documentary to help find Toyah’s killer

Filmmaker Tony Gordon will debut a short documentary about the investigation into Ms Cordingley’s death on her two-year anniversary.

A promo for the film shows loved ones mourning the 24-year-old while it details the case from the day she went missing.

Mr Gordon told The Cairns Post he hoped it would help bring whoever is responsible for Ms Cordingley’s death to justice.

“My motivation was the illustrate Toyah as a person, and what she was doing and how she represented herself,” he said.

“I want to bring the community back together, let’s galvanise ourselves and let’s get closure for the family,

“If this had happened in my family I would want closure. It’s gone on for so long and no one knows what’s going on.”

The film will debut on Wednesday at the Ellis Beach Bar and Grill at 4.30pm to 5pm.

Anybody with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit an anonymous report online.

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