By Anna Hartley
A murder investigation is underway after the body of a 24-year-old woman was found at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, in far north Queensland.
The body, which was found this morning, has been identified as that of Toyah Cordingley, a Cairns pharmacy worker who went missing yesterday with her large dog.
An SES air and sea search began in the area early this morning after family raised the alarm and pleaded for any information about her whereabouts.
The woman’s car was found at the beach.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher said police would remain at the crime scene today and so far there were no suspects.
“The circumstances make this suspicious and we are conducting a murder investigation. It is critical anyone at Wangetti after 2:00pm until sundown get in touch with us,” he said.
“All we know [at this stage] is that a body of a young woman was found at Wangetti Beach [and] we believe this young woman arrived and parked around 2:00pm or 2:30pm. She was with her large dog.
“This is a quite isolated location. We’d be interested in speaking to anyone at Wangetti Beach.
“There may be males who have been making women uncomfortable on the beach in recent times, that’s what we want to know.
“Quite simply at the moment it’s an open brief, this investigation.”