Toyah Cordingley's dad shares heartbreaking Father’s Day tribute after daughter’s murder

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter

It’s become somewhat of a modern tradition to pay tribute to our dads on Father’s Day, by sharing pictures that capture fond memories over the years.

But the day can be bittersweet for those who have lost someone close, like the father of slain Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley.

The grieving dad has marked Father’s Day by sharing touching photos of himself and his daughter on social media, capturing precious moments between the pair.

Troy Cordingley marks Father's Day with heartfelt pictures of his murdered daughter Toya over the years. Source: Troy Cordingley / Facebook

Mr Cordingley wrote a heartfelt Facebook post on Sunday, dedicated to honouring his late daughter, whom he found dead on Wangetti Beach, 40km north of Cairns, last year.

Toyah, aged 24 at the time, was reported missing on October 21 after taking her dog for a walk. She was discovered lifeless the following morning.

A happy little girl, Toya Cordingley sits on her dad's lap with their dogs keeping close watch. Source: Troy Cordingley / Facebook

“This Father’s Day I choose to remember the wonderful Father’s Days of past,” Mr Cordingley wrote on his first Father’s Day without his daughter.

“I will not be sad, I will be thankful for the beautiful times we had. I Love you Toyah. <3 Daddio,” he added.

This is the first Father's Day for Troy Cordingley without his daughter Toya who was murdered last year. Source: Troy Cordingley / Facebook

Accompanying the grieving dad’s touching message were candid pictures of Toyah as a child and adult.

One photo shows her smiling as a toddler while sitting on her dad’s lap, another captures the moment the cheeky little girl poured a bucket of water over her old man’s head.

Final pictures show a content Toyah in more recent years, before her young life was cut short.

Toya Cordingley and her dad Troy share a hug. Source: Troy Cordingley / Facebook

Mr Cordingley has continued to be closely involved in the ongoing investigation into his daughter’s death, and shares frequent updates and tributes to the social media page.

In June, he shared touching photos of the pair dressed in costume to attend the movies.

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, download the Yahoo News app from iTunes or Google Play and stay up to date with the latest news with Yahoo’s daily newsletter. Sign up here.