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Police Seeking Leads In Death Of Young Queensland Woman

Police are appealing for public assistance after Toyah Cordingley's body was found on a quiet north Queensland beach.

The 24-year-old animal lover was reported missing on Sunday after driving with her dog to Wangetti Beach, just north of Cairns, to go for a walk around 2pm.

She never returned home, with her body found on Monday.

Police say they have no leads or suspects and hope the scientific examination of the body will be completed by Tuesday afternoon.

"If we're dealing with a potentially sexually related murder, which commonsensically we may be, we may well be dealing with a male," Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher said.

"It may well be the case this young woman has run into a stranger or potentially a person known to her and circumstances have unfolded that have led to her death.

"So it's critical that anyone who was there come forward and let us know because I think that, at the end of the day, will provide us with the leads we potentially need to solve this matter."

The pharmacy employee had previously worked for a Port Douglas animal shelter and was remembered as a beautiful soul who adored animals.

The detective said blonde-haired Ms Cordingley, whose large dog was found uninjured on Monday, would have been easily noticeable on what was traditionally a quiet stretch of sand.

"No young woman should go to a beach to walk the dog and this unfold for them," he said.

"There may have been males in the area that have made women uncomfortable, been behaving unusually, paying too much attention.

"Those sort of people, we want to hear about them."

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

AAP

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