Rajwinder Singh, the prime suspect in the 2018 murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley on a beach, has been arrested in India, 7NEWS learns.
Australian authorities are expected to confirm the development later on Friday.
Singh, a former nurse at 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 recently offered a $1 million reward for information on Singh’s whereabouts.
Three Queensland detectives traveled to India this month to help local authorities in their search for him.
“This is a unique environment for us to operate in… This is, for lack of better terminology, an international manhunt,” Cairns Detective Inspector Kevin Goan told 7NEWS in New Delhi.
“This is a heinous crime. The nature of the attack on Toyah was appalling.”
When asked if authorities could catch Singh, Goan replied, “I think we will.”
“I am very confident that we will achieve our goal,” said Goan.
Cordingley’s family, who have fought tirelessly for justice, have yet to comment on Singh’s capture.
Her mother, Vanessa Gardiner, spoke as the reward was handed out, describing her daughter as “beautiful (and) spiritual.”
“Her life was taken far too soon. I see her friends and her stuff with kids getting married and this now and I think of everything she’s missed in her life,” Gardiner said.
“She was about to start her first full-time job on Monday, which never happened.”
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https://7news.com.au/news/qld/toyah-cordingleys-alleged-killer-rajwinder-singh-arrested-in-india-c-8966459 Toyah Cordingley’s alleged killer, Rajwinder Singh, has been arrested in India four years after the murder