The family of a murdered police community support worker in a Kent village said they would not feel safe until they found out what happened.
Detectives continue to investigate the Julia James murder, whose body was found at Akholt Wood, Snowdown, near Dover, on Tuesday afternoon.
Large parts of the hamlet and its surrounding fields remain cordoned off, but police have yet to make any arrests.
The 53-year-old was reportedly found with a head injury after taking her dog for a walk.
Mary Bossen, who lives nearby and is a cousin of Ms James, said the family was “devastated”.
“It’s so horrible isn’t it?” she told Sky News outside her house, which overlooks the crime scene.
“We all walk our dogs there. It is just terrible.
“Until we find out what happened, you won’t feel safe, will you?”
Dozens of forensic pathologists in white suits could be seen working outside a tent in a field just 200 yards from where Ms James is believed to have lived.
Uniformed officers searched the nearby undergrowth with fingertips, while sniffer dogs were used to scour the hedges.
“She liked people,” Ms. Bossen said of her cousin.
“She was a good person and loved to help people.”
Ms James became a PCSO in 2007 and reportedly aims to become a full-fledged police officer soon.
“She loved her job,” a neighbor called Leah told Sky News.
“She couldn’t wait to become a real police officer. She talked about it all the time.
“She always looked out for everyone. And if you needed any help, she would be there to help you.”
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This notice was published: 2021-04-29 14:28:00