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Toyah Cordingley’s mother has told of her anguish as police push to extradite a person of interest in the 24-year-old’s murder.

Vanessa Gardiner’s world has stood still since the day her daughter was killed by a man on Wangetti Beach in Queensland’s Far North nearly four years ago.

“It’s very difficult, I cry every time I go past because she should still be here,” Ms Gardiner told 9News.

Toyah Cordingley's mother has told of her anguish as police push to extradite a person of interest in the 24-year-old's murder.
Toyah Cordingley’s mother has told of her anguish as police push to extradite a person of interest in the 24-year-old’s murder. (9News)

“That person is still living his life, she had many years left.”

Now Ms Gardiner is living in her daughter’s shadow.

Happy reminders of the 24-year-old are spread across the walls of her home – it’s the only way she can cope.

But the pain of what happened on October 21, 2018, never goes away.

“Having the knock on the door from my son that night saying she was missing, never leaves either, I still dream about that,” she said.

Toyah Cordingley
Toyah Cordingley was killed by a man on Wangetti Beach in Queensland’s Far North nearly four years ago. (9News)

An extradition order has been issued for a person of interest – Innisfail nurse Rajwinder Singh.

The father was flagged by Queensland police as a potential suspect back in 2018, travelling to India shortly after Toyah’s body was found.

While Singh is speculated to be living near the Pakistani border, 9News can reveal the international manhunt has hit a standstill.

The federal Attorney-General’s office confirmed “the matter has been adjourned in India to allow the authorities to make further location enquiries.”

Nearly four years since Toyah’s murder, the far north community still speaks her name and her face is everywhere you go.

Through bumper stickers, tattoos, posters and a memorial, her legacy lives on.

But for Gardiner, it will never be enough until the mystery of her daughter’s murder is solved.

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