Rajwinder Singh, the main suspect in the murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley on a beach in 2018, has been arrested in India.
He was arrested in New Dehli on Friday having been hiding in the state of Punjab previously, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.
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He is due to face court later in the day, which is expected to begin an extradition process to face justice in Australia.
Carroll said police were given information of his whereabouts before he was arrested by Indian law enforcement.
“I am so pleased we can now make further progress in bringing closure to her (Cordingley’s) family,” Carroll said.
“It was never a case of if, only when this day would come.
“I am very confident we have a strong case to put before the courts.”
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.
Queensland police had recently offered a $1 million reward for information on Singh’s whereabouts.
Carroll said she did not yet know if the reward led to Singh’s capture, but she was happy to pay out the money if it did.
“I will happily write out that cheque myself,” she said.
State Police Minister Mark Ryan said the investigation has involved hundreds of officers and thousands of hours.
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 on November 7.
“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.
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.”
Multiple Indian news outlets covered the reward, with law enforcement agencies hoping it would prompt someone close to Singh to give away his whereabouts.
The $A1 million converted to roughly 55 million Indian rupees.
7NEWS reported earlier this month that bounty hunters were interested in joining the manhunt.