A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) found dead in a remote location in Kent has been murdered, police said.
Officers were called on Tuesday shortly after 4 p.m. at Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown, where Julia James’ body was discovered.
Mrs James, 53, lived in Snowdown – a small hamlet – with her husband.
A policeman was seen standing guard outside their home, while another policeman was in the garden.
A white forensic tent was a short distance away in a field.
No arrests have yet been made as investigations continue, Kent Police said.
Interior Minister Priti Patel tweeted her “sincere condolences”.
Local resident John Miller, 72, said it was hard to believe what had happened and “everyone feels safe here”.
He added, “(I’m) gutted, gutted for the family, and whoever it is, I hope they catch them and put them aside for life.”
He said he knew Ms James’ family, describing them as “very close”, and said what had happened was “a hell of a loss”.
Pls RT – We are calling in witnesses after a woman’s body was found in Snowdown on Tuesday April 27th. The victim was appointed to the Kent Julia James Police PCSO service. https://t.co/2SePNEDdYS
– Kent Police (UK) (@kent_police) April 28, 2021
Deputy Chief Constable Tom Richards said there were “a number of leads for investigation”.
He continued: “It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday and who may have seen something suspicious contact us.
“We are especially keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area and may have seen something out of place and those who have drove by who have dashcam footage.
“We advise residents of the region to remain vigilant until all the circumstances of the death are established.”
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This notice was published: 2021-04-28 14:39:00