Rajwinder Singh, the key suspect in the alleged murder of Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley, has been arrested in India.
In October 2018, 24-year-old Toyah was walking alone with her dog at Wangetti Beach when she was allegedly murdered.
The Queensland Police posted a $1 million reward for any information leading to the location and arrest of Rajwinder Singh.
Detective Inspector Kevin Goan told ABC:
“That is generational wealth for a family in India, an opportunity to change your lot in life, of your family and that of your children. It’s a great incentive for people, particularly in his home village in the Punjab region, to come forward and tell us what they know about his current location.”
The 38-year-old former Innisfail nurse was the main person of interest but he flew to India in the days after Toyah’s death.
Queensland Police had also released images of Rajwinder Singh at the Sydney International Airport earlier this month, just moments before he left the country.
Queensland Police officers who speak Hindi and Punjabi were involved to track Rajwinder using an information-sharing network via WhatsApp.
Detective Inspector Kevin Goan was in New Delhi where he worked closely with Indian officials, including the Ministry for External Affairs, Home Affairs, and the head of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).
QPS commissioner Katarina Carroll said the arrest highlights the “excellent relationship” between the AFP, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Indian authorities.
In their statement, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) stated that Rajwinder Singh may face court in India and be “subject to proceedings to Australia.”