'Incredibly Difficult' Birthday Celebration For Woman Murdered On Beach
The parents of murdered Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley are remembering their daughter, on what would have been her 25th birthday.
Cordingley's body was found on Wangetti Beach, just north of Cairns, on October 22 last year, with “visible and violent" wounds.
The young woman had been walking her dog when she went missing the day before. Eight months later her killer has still not been found.
Cordingley's parents said they are thankful to police officers and the community for support at this difficult time, as they celebrate what would have been a milestone in Cordingley's life.
“The first birthday without Toyah will be incredibly difficult but the community support has been incredible and greatly appreciated," said Cordingley's father, Troy.
Queensland Police offered its condolences to Cordingley's friends and family on Friday morning, adding the search for her killer is "moving forward and making progress".
"Her murder has had a significant impact on both local police and the community," police said in a statement.
"Police remain in close contact with Toyah’s family and are appreciative of their ongoing support for the investigative team as well as their tremendous strength in moving forward."
“I would like to thank the community and the police for their support," Cordingley's mother Vanessa Gardiner added.
“We will never give up.”
Cordingley's death spread shockwaves through the far north Queensland community.
Thousands of shaken residents attended a Reclaim the Night rally to raise awareness of violence and sexual misconduct against women, while others in Adelaide, South Australia and Newcastle, NSW also staged marches.
Homicide investigators are yet to make any arrests and are still actively appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
CCTV images of Cordingley taken near Rusty’s Markets on the day she went missing was released in hopes it would jog the memory of anyone in the area at the time.
More than 400 statements have been taken and over 2800 lines of inquiry followed up on in the investigation, police said.
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