Chilling images emerge of canine walker the day she was killed in ‘sexually motivated’ seaside homicide


Smiling without a care in the world, a happy Toyah Cordingley is seen serving customers camel milk at a market.

Hours later she would be dead.

These are the final photos of the 24-year-old, taken the day before she went missing while walking her dog on Wangetti Beach, 40km north of Cairns.

Her father found her body a day later after what police believe was a sexually-motivated murder.  

The photos were uploaded to Facebook by the Barr St Wholehealth Pharmacy and Healthfoods in Earville, about 45km of the beach where her body was found. 

The pharmacy shared the photo of Ms Cordingley in her green work uniform on Saturday afternoon, the day before she was last seen. 

Smiling as she poured camel milk into customers’ tasting cups, the pictures were taken only hours before her death.

She was killed on Sunday afternoon while walking her dog between 2pm and 2.30pm.

She was reported missing at 11pm later that night.

Her body was found the next morning in nearby sand dunes, riddled with ‘visible and violent’ injuries.

More than 100 officers are currently working on the investigation, with forensic dogs and drones set to scour the scene of her death over the coming days. 

The new photos coincide with the police reiterating their plea for information from the public, regardless of how trivial it may seem. 

Crime Stoppers has received more than 240 reports, about a fifth of which are of interest to investigators.

On Thursday, police began investigation into reports of a brazen pervert who was seen masturbating on Wangetti Beach six weeks before the attack.

The bystander who took the photograph, told the Courier Mail: ‘After we took some photos, we noticed him down on the beach, he was butt naked, just flogging himself off.

‘Then he just kind of jumped up in the air and ran into the bushes, and that was the last we saw of him.

‘We hopped back in the car and mum goes, “I can’t believe that man”, then I realised, hang on a minute, I’ve actually got a photo of him.’ 

Police told Daily Mail Australia that it was one of the many leads they were currently following up.

Detective Inspector Sonia Smith held a media conference on Thursday and continued to appeal for any information from the public.

‘Every piece of information is important to us,’ Det. Inspector Smith said.

‘So far we have had over 240 reports to Crime Stoppers and I thank the community for their efforts, that has generated over 50 lines of inquiry that police are following up.’

‘We’ve been in the community talking to witnesses, we’ve also taken DNA from members of our community.’

According to a police spokesperson, the DNA testing is a ‘standard procedure’ and form elimination purposes only. 

Det. Inspector Smith said there were a number of areas of interest for police including anyone who was at Rusty’s Markets in Cairns on Sunday.

‘Two particular areas of interest to police are between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday at Rusty’s, we would like to speak to anyone who spoke to Toyah or sold goods to Toyah or had any dealings with Toyah at Rusty’s,’ she said.

‘And we are also particularly interested in speaking to anybody who has been using the Wangetti beach area, either the southern car park or the northern car park.’

She was reported missing at 11pm the night she disappeared and her body was found in sand dunes at the beach on Monday morning with ‘visible and violent’ injuries inflicted on it.  

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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