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Reported breakthrough in Toyah murder

By AAP Newswire

A male nurse who left for India suddenly after Toyah Cordingley's body was found on a beach near Cairns has reportedly been identified as a suspect in her murder.

Queensland Police are liaising with Interpol and Indian authorities in the investigation of the man who packed up and left shortly after Ms Cordingley's body was found, News Corp reports.

Police won't comment but investigations are continuing into the murder of the 24-year-old whose body was found by her father and other searchers at isolated Wangetti Beach on October 22.

It has been reported detectives have been tracking the suspect's movements on a trip to Cairns on the day of Toyah's murder and match DNA that may link him to the murder scene.

Witnesses saw the man, who speaks Hindi and Punjabi, with visible scratch and bite marks and behaving suspiciously on his return home after his trip to Cairns, it was reported.

Police have been critical of the report saying it was "not helpful and had the potential to jeopardise" the investigation which is ongoing.