Body of white teacher found

The Herald can confirm that what is believed to be the body of a white teacher, Jayde Panayiotou was found on Wednesday morning.

Panayiotou disappeared without a trace from outside her Port Elizabeth home just minutes after talking to a close friend at about 6.30am on Tuesday.

A massive search for her continued throughout the night and on Wednesday morning.

Panayiotou‚ a Grade 7 teacher at Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage‚ was last seen at the gates to her residential complex‚ Stellen Glen‚ in Deacon Road by one of the residents.

She was just minutes away from being picked up by her close friend and colleague at Riebeek‚ Cherise Swanepoel‚ with whom she carpooled.

Police called in additional manpower on Tuesday night‚ including members of the dog unit‚ to help with the search‚ which was concentrated on bushy areas between Port Elizabeth and the black area of KwaNnobuhle.

A police helicopter was also dispatched to help the search as new leads came in.

Money was withdrawn from her bank account about one and a half hours after she went missing.