The image of the possible suspect was released by police detectives on Sunday as a “person of interest”.
Police have requested anyone with information to contact Kabega police at 0413976801/2 or Detective Warrant Officer Van Eyk at 0413976857 or Crime Stop 0860010111.
Panayiotou’s body was discovered by police helicopters in the KwaNobuhle Township outside Uitenhage last Wednesday, after she went missing from her Kabega Park home on Monday morning. She had been a Life Orientation teacher at Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage.
On Thursday, provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Miranda Mills said a preliminary police investigation showed Panayiotou may have been shot, and that a post-mortem 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 said.
Eastern Cape police on Friday released photographs of an engagement ring and wedding band taken from Panayiotou.
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“Criminals often try and sell stolen goods to second-hand shops, jewellery stores or sometimes present it as gifts to girlfriends or acquaintances,” said Mills.
Panayiotou’s funeral will be held in Port Elizabeth today. No arrests have been made at this stage. A R50 000 reward for the arrests of the suspects has been offered.