Police investigations into the murder of Paeroa businessman Jordan Voudouris have taken a “disturbing twist” after memorial items left outside his shop were vandalised at the weekend.
The 55-year-old businessman found dead outside Mykonos Pizza and Pasta on June 18 was farewelled by his family at a private funeral in Auckland today.
Police investigating the death of Paeroa man Jordan Voudouris are looking into the vandalism of flowers, balloons and other gifts left outside his pizza shop in Paeroa on Saturday night.
Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Whitehead says police are considering a connection between the vandalism of flowers, balloons, cards and other memorial items left outside Jordan’s shop on Saturday night and the homicide.
“We are following up as to who may have caused this damage and whether or not there may be any connection to his death.
“Police are keeping an open mind and are following a number of lines of inquiry in the search for Mr Voudouris’ killer.”
Despite making good progress on their inquiries at the weekend, Detective Whitehead says police have not identified any confirmed motive for the homicide and all possible reasons are still being considered.
He says it is “highly likely” the information police are looking for is held within the Paeroa community.
“This development is another part of the puzzle that may or may not be directly connected to Jordan’s death.
“That’s why it’s still extremely important that anyone with information that could help us makes contact with the Police.
“Even the most seemingly insignificant piece of information may be the vital clue that leads us to the killer.
“Our thoughts are with Jordan’s family at this very difficult and sad time. We remain steadfastly committed to catching whoever is responsible for his death.”
Jordan’s children released a statement today saying “with broken hearts we grieve the loss of our beloved Pappa.
“Our pain is indescribable. You have taken from us our wonderful, loving, caring, funny, gentle Pappa and Papous.
“You have altered our lives, and take our hopes and dreams. You have taken from a community a generous, kind, giving business man.
“With our hearts we plead to the public for help. If anyone has any information to help the Police with their investigation please, please come forward.”
If you have any information regarding these investigations contact the Paeroa Police Station on 07 862 8744.
Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.