“Criminals often try and sell stolen goods to secondhand shops, jewellery stores or sometimes present it as gifts to girlfriends or acquaintances,” provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Miranda Mills said.
Panayiotou’s body was discovered by police helicopters in the KwaNobuhle Township outside Uitenhage on Wednesday after she went missing from her Kabega Park home on Monday morning. She was a Life Orientation teacher at Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage.
On Thursday, Mills said a preliminary police investigation showed Panayiotou may have been shot and that a postmortem to determine the cause of death would be conducted before the end of the week.
“There has been media speculation that the perpetrators involved in this case could be the same as in a recent case where a woman was abducted in the parking area of a shopping centre in PE, but such has not been confirmed, but a possible link is investigated,” Mills added.
Police have since appealed to any person who has seen the jewellery items to contact the Kabega Park Police Station on 041 397683/57.
– Caxton News Service