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Breakthrough in hunt for Australian woman Toyah Cordingley’s alleged killer

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Rajwinder Singh, the main suspect in the murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley on a beach in 2018, has been arrested in India, 7NEWS understands.

Australian authorities are expected to confirm the development later on Friday.

Singh, a former nurse in Innisfail, has evaded capture after fleeing Australia for India two days after 24-year-old Cordingley was found dead in the dunes of Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, in 2018.

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Queensland police had recently offered a $1 million reward for information on Singh’s whereabouts.

Three Queensland detectives this month travelled to India to aid local authorities in their search for him.

“This is a unique environment for us to be operating in … This is – for want of better terminology – an international manhunt,” Cairns Detective Inspector Kevin Goan told 7NEWS in New Dehli.

Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley was killed in 2018. Credit: 7NEWS

“This is a heinous crime. The nature of the attack on Toyah was horrific.”

Asked if authorities would be able to catch Singh, Goan replied: “I think we will.”

“I hold a high level of confidence that we will achieve our objective,” Goan said.

Cordingley’s family, who have fought tirelessly for justice, are yet to comment on Singh’s capture.

Rajwinder Singh is the main suspect in the murder of far north Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley. Credit: Supplied

Her mother Vanessa Gardiner spoke when the reward was issued, describing her daughter as “beautiful (and) spiritual”.

“Her life was taken way too early. I see her friends and stuff getting married with kids and that now and think of everything she has missed out on in her life,” Gardiner said.

“She was just about to start her first full-time job on the Monday, which never happened.”

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Source: 7News