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Australian police offer $633,000 reward to Indian suspect

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian police on Thursday offered a reward of A$1 million ($633,000) for information about the whereabouts of an Indian national suspected of murdering a woman on a tropical beach four years ago before returning in his native country.

Queensland state police officers who speak Hindi and Punjabi are waiting in an office in Cairns to be contacted from India via WhatsApp or online to find out where Rajwinder Singh, 38, can be found, the official said. Detective Inspector Sonia Smith.

Singh was a nurse working in Innisfail, south of Cairns, when the body of 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley was found on Wangetti Beach on Monday October 22, 2018.

She had gone to the beach, north of Cairns, to walk her dog the day before.

Singh flew from Cairns to Sydney the day Cordingley’s body was found and departed for India the following day, police said.

The award is the largest in Queensland history and unique in that it does not seek a clue that solves a crime and leads to a successful prosecution. Instead, the money is offered for information that only leads to the location and arrest of a suspect.

Police Minister Mark Ryan endorsed the reward and was confident people knew where to find Singh.

“We know people know that person, they know where that person is, and we’re asking those people to do the right thing,” Ryan said.

“Now there are a million reasons for a billion eyes around the world to help us bring justice to Toyah,” he added.

Deputy Police Commissioner Tracy Lindford said detectives believe Singh remained in India. She appealed for witnesses among India’s 1.4 billion people to come forward and “give the family who miss Toyah some respite”.

Three Queensland detectives were already in India to work with Indian authorities on the investigation, Smith said.


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