The police have reported that they are hunting for the killers of the Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, who initially disappeared from her complex and was later found dead in a deserted area in Uitenhage. They have also confirmed that they are looking for a man whose picture had been doing the rounds on social media on the suspicion that he may be the one who could have forced her to withdraw money form her bank account.
Jayde Panayiotou, 28, a teacher at Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage disappeared early on Wednesday morning from her complex where she was apparently waiting for a colleague to pick her up. It later emerged that some people had withdrawn money from her bank account. As soon as her disappearance was noted, there was a lot of activity on the social media in order to try and get her back safely. A reward was also offered for her safe return.
According to the police, her body was found in a deserted place in KwaNobuhle Township in Uitenhage. The head of the school where Panayiotou was teaching, during her interview which was aired on 94.7 FM Stereo, said that the children and everybody at the school was devasted by her death as she had been a lovable and hardworking person.
On Thursday morning, the police confirmed that they were interested in interviewing a man whom they referred to as ‘a person of interested’ after his picture which, according to the HeraldLive, was a screengrab of ATM footage, was seen doing the rounds on social media. Despite calling him a person of interest and confirming that he was wanted for questioning in connection with the teacher’s murder, the police denied that the man was a suspect in the case.