Heartbreaking tributes to woman found dead on beach after walking dog


There have been emotional tributes to a Far North Queensland woman found dead on a beach after taking her dog for a walk.

Toyah Cordingley, 24, had taken her dog to Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, on Sunday when she went missing. Her body was found on Monday. 

Ms Cordingley’s friends and family are devastated by her death.

Friend Sam Coffey said hearing that Ms Cordingley had been found dead was “heartbreaking”.

“Toyah was a fun-loving girl,” another friend said. “(She was) really great to talk to, easygoing.”

Toyah Cordingley, 24, was walking her dog at Wangetti Beach on Sunday when she went missing. Her body was found on Monday. Source: 7 News

Her boyfriend Marco is stunned.

“He’s distraught, beside himself,” friend David Jeskie said. 

“Didn’t know what was going on.” 

The location where she was found was a favourite spot of Ms Cordingley’s. 

It’s now a crime scene.

Friend Sam Coffey said he was heartbroken on hearing Toyah Cordingley had been killed. Source: 7 News

Information is being sought about the circumstances leading up to Ms Cordingley’s death.

Police asking for anyone who saw her at Rusty’s Market on Sunday to come forward with any information they may have.

Detectives are also seeking any dash cam vision captured along a 50 kilometre stretch of the Captain Cook Highway between Port Douglas and Smithfield between 2-7pm on Sunday.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

Ms Cordingley has been remembered as fun-loving and easygoing. Source: Facebook/ Toyah Cordingley