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Beach where Toyah Cordingley’s body found searched for clues by locals

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Toyah Cordingley's body was found a day after she went missing on October 21. Photo: Facebook/ Toyah Cordingley
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Hundreds of people have searched for clues by walking the length of the far north Queensland beach where the body of Toyah Cordingley was found.

The group gathered at nearby Ellis Beach where they were briefed by police and held a minute’s silence for the pharmacy worker and animal refuge volunteer whose death has rocked the Cairns community.

They then headed to Wangetti Beach with metal detectors and will spend the morning walking the length of the beach.

People were also asked to bring drones and fishing nets.

Trinity Beach resident Nikki Hammond said she wanted to do her part to further the investigation into Toyah’s death.

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People will spend the morning searching the length of the beach. Photo: ABC

“A lot of Cairns has been affected by the death of Toyah … if any piece of evidence can contribute to her homicide investigation being solved, then I hope that someone can turn up something today,” Ms Hammond said.

“Hopefully this homicide can be solved and we can feel a bit safer.”

David Tremble, who organised the search, said the large turnout was a testament to the community’s spirit.

“For people like me, it feels like we haven’t helped much at all up until now – maybe by lunchtime we’ll walk up that beach we’ll look at each other and go, ‘well, I feel like I’ve done something for Toyah and her family’,” Mr Tremble said.

Toyah went for a walk on the isolated beach with her dog when she was attacked and killed on October 21.

Her body was found early the next day.

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Hundreds held a minute’s silence before joining the search at nearby Wangetti Beach. Photo: ABC

Despite a massive police investigation, Ms Cordingley’s killer remains at large.

Crime Stoppers has received more than 600 calls from the public.

Police have released CCTV of Ms Cordingley in the hours before she was killed, and have searched for a family seen having picnic near the crime scene on the afternoon of the attack.

On Friday hundreds of people attended Ms Cordingley’s funeral to farewell the 24-year-old, who was remembered as a “shining light”.

-ABC

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