Jayde Panayiotou: How the story unfolded
EWN looks at the timeline of the Jayde Panayiotou murder case.
CAPE TOWN - Jade Panayiotou was reported missing on 21 April 2015. The 28-year-old disappeared from outside her complex, Stellen Glen‚ in Deacon Road at around 6:30am, shortly before a colleague and close friend was due to pick her up.
She was a teacher at Riebeek College Girls' High School in Uitenhage, near Port Elizabeth.
Police launched a massive search which included the flying squad and K9 unit.
Her family also offered a R50,000 reward for any information that would lead to her safe return.
Many people took to social media to help find her. The #FindJayde hashtag trended all night.
- Leandri J van Vuuren (@Lean3Jvv) April 22, 2015
- SonjaLeon (@sonjaleon00) April 22, 2015
- Sam | PEBLS (@SamPosselt) April 22, 2015
- Jon de Beer (@Jon_SouthAfrica) April 21, 2015
Panayiotou's body was discovered the next day near KwaNobuhle township in Uitenhage.
She had been shot dead.
People once again took to social media to express their shock and disgust.
We are saddened and shocked by her senseless killing and pray for comfort and healing for loved ones #FindJayde
- Claire Kivedo (@ClaireKivedo) April 22, 2015
- Claire Van (@ClaireVdV) April 22, 2015
- Ευγενία Παπαθανασίου (@EugeniaPaps) April 22, 2015
- NAHYSOSA (@NAHYSOSA) April 22, 2015
On Monday, police released an identikit of a man believed to be involved in the crime.
Authorities also urged the public to assist in tracking down her killer or killers.
Panayiotou was laid to rest after a funeral service at the Mater Dei Catholic Church in Port Elizabeth on 28 April 2015.
Her husband, Christopher, who led the pallbearers, gave a moving tribute. They had been together for 11 years.
On 29 April 2015, the police made a breakthrough by arresting two suspects in the murder case.
Thando Siyoli appeared in a Port Elizabeth court for alleged abduction and murder on Thursday.
Eyewitness News revealed the deceased's husband had been arrested in connection with her murder.
He is expected in court on 4 May 2015.
A Prayers For Jayde Panayiotou Facebook page was launched when she went missing and has since garnered 5,000 likes.
People are using it to send their condolences and call for justice.