A school teacher and his wife, aged 60 and 59, were found in a pool of blood after having been stabbed multiple times with a knife in their bedroom in Strovolos, Nicosia, early on Thursday morning.
The man was stabbed 25 to 30 times and his wife some 10 times, according to post-mortem findings.
Their 14-year-old adopted son managed to flee, running to a neighbouring house, and said the perpetrators had forced entry into the house. He was reportedly told that no harm would come to him.
Police later said there was no sign of forced entry into the building and it didn’t appear to be a robbery.
The 60-year-old man, Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, was a maths teacher at the English School in Nicosia, while his wife, Dina Sergiou, worked for the Central Bank of Cyprus.
Officers were searching for two perpetrators, who reportedly spoke with a Cypriot dialect and wore black clothes and hoods.
The incident happened at around 1.30am.