24-year-old Toyah Cordingley was reported missing along with her large dog on Sunday. (Facebook: Toyah Cordingley)
Queensland police say they are following up more than 50 possible leads in the murder of a young Cairns woman.
Drones will be deployed to comb the far north Queensland beach where Toyah Cordingley’s body was found on Monday, as officers ramp up the search for clues.
The 24-year-old pharmacy worker was reported missing along with her large dog on Sunday, and was found dead the next day at Wangetti Beach, south of Port Douglas.
Her dog was found unharmed on the beach.
Detective Inspector Sonia Smith said the family has provided an updated photo of Ms Cordingley to help anyone who may have seen her.
Ms Cordingley, who was known to dye her hair, was blonde at the time of her death. (Supplied: Queensland Police Service)
“Toyah was known to dye her hair from time to time,” Detective Inspector Smith said.
“At the time of her death she had blonde hair.”
She said drones would be deployed over the next few days in the search for additional evidence.
“They’ll be taking pictures of the entire beach,” she said.
“This morning we engaged the use of our forensic dogs across the beach.
“We’ve collected a number of items off the beach and that will form part of our investigation.”
Detective Inspector Smith said officers from the Townsville district and homicide detectives from Brisbane have also been called in.
“We have up to 30 SES workers helping us conduct a forensic, thorough search of the area and they are vital to our investigation,” she said.
“It’s really hot out there, the conditions are hard and yet they continue to show up everyday to assist us.”
‘Someone out there knows who did this’
Detective Inspector Smith thanked the public for their tremendous support, but continued to call for more information.
“We’ve had about 240 reports being submitted to Crime Stoppers so far this week,” she said.
“That’s generated over 50 lines of inquiry.”
Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at Wangetti beach is urged to come forward. (ABC News: Eric Barker)
She said they were focusing on two particular areas; the local Cairns farmers market ‘Rusty’s’, where Toyah was seen on the day of her disappearance, and Wangetti Beach.
“Between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday at Rusty’s, we’d like to speak to anybody who spoke to Toyah, sold goods to Toyah or had any dealings with Toyah,” Detective Inspector Smith said.
“Over the weekend we’re going to have a Crime Stoppers display at Rusty’s market and Wangetti beach.”
Detective Inspector Smith said it was not known whether Ms Cordingley’s attacker knew the local area.
“Someone out there definitely knows who did this,” she said.
Detective Inspector Smith said anyone with even the smallest piece of information of previous activity at Wangetti Beach was urged to come forward.
“We’re asking anybody that frequents the beach in the last weeks or months, have they seen anything suspicious while they’ve been there?” she said.
If you have any information that could assist police, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.