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    Young family sought in Toyah Cordingley murder investigation

    More than a week after a 24 year-old woman was murdered in broad daylight at a far north Queensland beach, police are still seeking information from the public to catch her killer.

    Toyah Cordingley’s body was discovered at Wangetti Beach, south of Port Douglas, on Monday October 22nd.

    She had been reported missing the night before, after she failed to return from the beach, where she had taken her dog for an afternoon walk.

    So far, more than 500 calls have been made to Crimestoppers but police are still seeking any photographs, video footage or dashcam footage taken on Sunday on and around the beach.

    “This terrible crime has impacted the community on many levels and we are heartened by the support we have received so far, but we continue to appeal for more help,” said Detective Inspector Sonia Smith.

    CCTV footage of Ms Cordingley outside Rustys Markets in Cairns, where she’d been earlier on the day of her death, has now been released.

    Detective Inspector Sonia Smith said they hope the vision jogs the memory of anyone who saw the victim and have not yet spoken to police.

    “Toyah was wearing a light coloured crocheted singlet top and carrying a large, striped, colourful bag when she was at Rusty’s Markets and she was there for just over half an hour.

    “It is possible that Toyah changed clothes after leaving the markets.”

    A photo of the 2009 model blue Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, which was driven by Toyah and had been parked in the southern car park at Wangetti Beach, has also been released.

    Anyone who saw the car between midday and 7-pm on Sunday is asked to contact police.

    Investigators are also very keen to talk to a young family who had been having a picnic at the beach, but left before Ms Cordingley arrived. 

    Senior Constable Russell Parker said the family, consisting of a man and woman and two young girls, had interacted with another couple, whose dachshund (sausage dog) had tried to jump in their car.

    “So that was a pretty funny incident, which they should remember or they may have told someone else about it,” he said. 

    Electronic message boards and fixed billboards seeking witnesses remain in place at Ellis and Clifton Beaches, 15 km north of Wangetti Beach as well as on the Kennedy, Captain Cook and Bruce Highways.