Relatives are pleading with a person of interest in the death of Toyah Cordingley to come home after he travelled to India.
The father of Rajwinder Singh has followed the former nurse from Innisfail to India, in a bid to bring his son back to Queensland.
Mr Singh’s family has described him as a “quiet soul” with a timid nature.
Brother-in-law Harpreet Singh said he couldn’t believe Rajwinder could be responsible.
“No-one believes he can do this, I don’t believe because he’s not a person like this,” he said.
Harpreet last saw his brother-in-law on October 22, the same day Toyah Cordingley was found dead on Wangetti Beach north of Cairns.
The same day, Rajwinder left the country, bound for India.
“His wife asked ‘where are you going?’ and he said ‘I’ll be back tomorrow’,” Harpreet said.
It’s understood he went to his hometown of Amritsar in the northwest Indian state of Punjab.
There are reports he is now living in Anupgarh, a remote village along the Indian/Pakistani border.
Rajwinder’s father has not been able to track him down.
Seven News has been told Rajwinder’s brother has travelled from overseas to North Queensland to support the missing man’s family.
He has provided a DNA sample to police, as has his father. It’s expected they will be matched against DNA samples found at the murder site.
Rajwinder, a 34-year-old Indian national, had been living with his wife and children in Innisfail and he had worked as a nurse at the local hospital.