Detectives investigating the PCSO murder Julia James have advised the community to remain vigilant as the hunt for her killer enters its sixth day.
The body of the 53-year-old mother-of-two was found next to a walkway along a forest near the hamlet of Snowdown, just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
She had left her house, a few feet away in The Crescent, to walk her Jack Russell, Toby, and when a passer-by found her, the beloved animal was waiting by her side.
An autopsy later confirmed that she suffered multiple blows with a blunt instrument, further details of which were not disclosed.
Since then, a huge police operation has been launched, transforming a generally deserted part of rural Kent and leveraging the resources of the National Crime Agency.
At a press conference on Friday, Deputy Chief Constable Tom Richards told gathered media that no motives or suspects had been identified and that the force remained “open-minded”.
Today, the Kent Police Dover Unit took to Twitter to advise residents to “remain vigilant until all the circumstances of the death are established.”
He echoed the advice given by the Kent and Essex Major Crime Branch when the investigation began.
The account later added: “After the death of PCSO Julia James, you will see more officers in the Snowdown area. Please speak to them if you have any information or concerns.”
And: “The safety of our communities remains our priority and we urge anyone who has concerns to speak to our agents who are traveling in the local community or to contact us.”
Read more: What we know so far about the murder of PCSO Julia James
The rural situation of the murder hampered the investigation with standard evidence-gathering techniques, such as CCTV examination, considerably exhausted.
Earlier, Julia’s uncle, Michael Turnbull, called the murderer a “cowardly excuse for a human being” and called on the public to help the police find the “monster”.
Meanwhile, dognapping was reported weeks before Julia’s death in nearby Aylesham, while previously it was reported that one woman was enlightened in the area and another was approached by a suspicious man in a van in Nonington.
Anyone with information should call the police on 0800 0514526.
Video footage can be submitted online here.
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