A police community support worker who was murdered in a Kent village died of “serious head injuries”, police said.
Officers say they are “working very hard” to find a motive for the murder of Julia James whose body was found in Akholt Wood earlier this week.
The 53-year-old was off duty at the time and was last seen walking her dog.
Kent Police Deputy Chief Constable Tim Smith said hundreds of officers were working on the investigation into his death, but there were currently no “clear suspects”.
He told BBC Radio Kent: “We have hundreds of agents working on this investigation as we try to establish exactly what happened to Julia, and more importantly who did this to Julia and why.”
He said he could not go into details but that there were “a number of different lines of inquiry”.
He added, “We are working very hard to identify a motive and we are working very hard to identify who may have committed this.
“It’s fair to say that we don’t have any clear suspects at the moment.”
He said he was “unable to say in either case” whether the attack was sexually motivated, adding that they “were keeping a very open mind on the motive.”
He added: “Julia died of serious head injuries.”
The death was originally considered ‘suspicious’, but Kent Police have since confirmed that it was treated as murder.
Ms James’ cousin Mary Bossen told Sky News the family was “devastated”.
Flowers have been left for Ms James in nearby Aylesham.
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