Woman found dead on beach 'murdered while walking her dog'

A young woman who was found dead on a north Queensland beach was likely murdered, police say.

Police are treating the death as a homicide after 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley was found after driving to Wangetti Beach, just north of Cairns, on Sunday to walk her dog.

Her family reported her missing at 11pm on Sunday after she failed to return home.

Police believe Toyah Cordingley was walking her dog along the beach when she was believed to be murdered. Source: Facebook

Her body was found on Monday morning and police have appealed for anyone who saw anything, or anyone, suspicious in recent months in the area to come forward.

“This is not a highly frequented area,” Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher said.

“People notice each other at Wangetti Beach.

This young woman would have stood out because was with a large dog and had long, blondish hair with a purple tint.”

A woman’s body has been found at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns. Source: Google Maps

Det Snr Sgt Kinbacher said the area where the young woman’s body was located was in an isolated area of the beach.

“She was 800m north of the southern access point, and there are only two access points at Wangetti,” he said.

Ms Cordingley’s car was found at the southern entrance to the beach, and her dog was also found nearby,   Det Snr Sgt Kinbacher said.

“No young woman should go to the beach to walk their dog and have this happen to them,” he said.

“It’s a quiet beach. I’m not aware of any historical problems with this area.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.