Family of Toyah Cordingley murder suspect urges him to return to Australia

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The family of the only person-of-interest in the murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley have urged him to come back to Australia.

Ms Cordingley was walking her dog along a Far North Queensland beach last October when she was murdered.

Toyah Cordingley. (9NEWS)

Innisfail nurse and father Rajwinder Singh, the only person of interest, fled Queensland to India on the day Ms Cordingley’s body was found.

His family say they haven’t heard from him since.

Brother-in-law Harpreet Singh said they believe he’s hiding in the state of Punjab, about 45 kilometres from the border with Pakistan.

“We like to know where he is, what he doing, if he did [kill her], he has to come and confess,” Mr Singh told 9News.

“If he did not, then he (should) tell the truth on why he left.

Toyah Cordingley murder
Rajwinder Singh has been named a person of interest. (Supplied)

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“I can’t believe it because he’s full time worker and he had a lot of patience.”

As the first anniversary of her death approaches, her loved ones have many unanswered questions.

“Hopefully everyone can have closure one day,” her boss Chris Lovey said, describing how the animal-lover would step to the side to avoid squishing an ant under her shoe.

“She was an absolute sweetheart, she was angelic.”

Cairns detectives remain determined to catch the person responsible for her death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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