Slain Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley will be farewelled by her family and friends in her hometown of Cairns.
The 24-year-old body was found by her father and other searchers on an isolated beach on October 22, about a day after she went missing.
The animal lover had driven to Wangetti Beach, 40 km north of the popular holiday city, for a Sunday afternoon walk with her dog.
Her family raised the alarm later that evening when she failed to return home.
Ms Cordingley’s body was found the next day in dunes about 800 metres north of her car, which was parked in a camping ground car park at the southern end of the beach.
The slaying of the much-loved pharmacy worker has caused an outpouring of sorrow and shock in north Queensland.
She has been remembered as a kind and beautiful soul who adored animals.
Hundreds of tributes have been left on her Facebook page, often by people who never met Ms Cordingley.
“Travel well sweet Angel girl and thank you for caring so much for animals. Respect and condolences to your family and loved ones,” Mary Dreger wrote in a Facebook post.
“Why is it the gentle, humble, loving souls that bought something positive to life that have to be taken away and monsters like the person who did this get to still poison the world,” Jess Hatch said.
Her family and friends will gather at the Cairns Funeral Directors Chapel at 10 am Friday, however, the media have been asked to stay away.
Police are continuing to investigate Ms Cordingley’s homicide.
Investigators are keen to speak to a family consisting of a man, a woman and two children who were seen leaving the car park on Sunday, October 21 about 2.30pm.
It’s the same carpark where Ms Cordingley left her car before she went for her walk.
Two men who were seen behaving “in a highly agitated state” the day Ms Cordingley went missing have been interviewed by detectives and are no longer of interest, police say.