The parents of Toyah Cordingley have posted a series of heartbreaking tributes to their daughter on what would have been her 25th birthday.
Cordingley was brutally raped and murdered on October 21 last year while walking her boyfriend’s dog – with her dad finding her body on Wangetti beach, north of Cairns, in north Queensland.
Police believe the murder was ‘sexually motivated’.
Rajwinder Singh, a father of three, in understood to be a person of interest in the case but is reportedly hiding in a Sikh temple in India and is unlikely to face justice, according to legal experts, because of extradition laws between the two countries.
Singh is understood to be a person of interest and is believed to have left Australia for India the day after Ms Cordingley was killed.
Her father Troy Cordingley and mother Vanessa Gardiner posted messages online on Friday to remember their daughter, as the search for her killer continues.
Troy Cordingley (pictured with his daughter Toyah) posted a tribute to commemorate what would have been Toyah’s 25th birthday
‘I feel you with me. Love forever, Daddio,’ Mr Cordingley posted, with a photo of him and his daughter on Facebook.
In the heartfelt message, he wished his daughter who he nicknamed ‘beautiful Brighteyes’ a happy birthday.
Ms Gardiner, Toyah’s mother also posted a photo sharing comments about their first and last moments together.
A photo of Toyah Cordingley as a baby posted by her mother Vanessa Gardiner on Facebook
‘I remember the day I gave birth to you. So tiny and holding your little hand so warm,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘The last time I held your hand it was so cold.’
‘Today we will celebrate with the usual chocolate vegan cake I made you every year. I miss you so much but I know the fairies are taking good care of you.’
Ms Cordingley’s father Troy (pictured, in front of tributes laid for his daughter) discovered his daughter’s naked body the following morning and a police investigation was launched in a bid to track down the woman’s killer
Ms Cordingley (pictured with her father) was killed in what police said was a ‘sexually motivated’ murder while walking her boyfriend’s dog along the Queensland beach between 2pm and 2.30pm on October 21
Mr Cordingley has been closely involved in the murder investigation for his daughter and is optimistic the killer will be caught despite struggles to extradite him.
‘India is a notoriously difficult place to extradite people from,’ Queensland Law Society president and leading law expert Bill Potts told Courier Mail.
‘It is a very large country, with a gigantic population, and the court system is so stretched and overcrowded, there are massive delays.’
Mr Potts said authorities have yet to build a strong murder case and bring together the necessary evidence such as DNA, photographs and eyewitness accounts in order for their extradition order to be approved.
Singh’s brother-in-law Harpreet Singh feared all the legwork might not pay off in the long run.
‘It’s hard to find an Indian in India.’
Singh’s brother-in-law Harpreet Singh (pictured, in an earlier interview) feared all the legwork to extradite Singh might not pay off in the long run
Despite the potential challenges ahead, a combined effort is being made to bring Singh to Australia.
Indian law enforcement agencies are cooperating with Australian Federal Police and Queensland detectives.
Singh’s relatives have also tried to locate the person of interest, outraged that he left his wife and children, who now face eviction from their Innisfail home in Far North Queensland.
Timeline of Toyah Cordingley’s murder at Wangetti beach
12-1pm, October 21: Toyah Cordingley goes shopping at Rusty’s Markets in downtown Cairns
12.40pm: She is filmed on CCTV crossing Sheridan Street near the markets
1pm: Miss Cordingley goes to her home in Cairns, where she may have changed her clothes, before driving out at 1.30pm
1.20pm: A family of four is seen having a picnic at Wangetti beach. Police have made multiple requests for them to come forward with information.
2pm: Miss Cordingley’s 2009 blue Mistubishi Lancer with the number plate ‘TOY 146’ is seen in Clifton Beach, about half way to Wangetti
2-2.30pm: Miss Cordingley arrives at Wangetti beach and parks in the southern car park. She takes her boyfriend’s dog Jersey for a walk on the sand and is not seen alive again
10.50pm: Her family report her missing after she doesn’t return home
7.45am, October 22: Miss Cordingley’s father Troy finds her body in the sand dunes, 800m from her car, while looking for her with a search party