Who was PCSO Julia James?
A PCSO mum who was found dead in a Kent woodland was murdered while she walked her dog, cops said on Wednesday (April 28, 2021).
The body of Julia James, 53, was tragically discovered in Akholt Wood in Snowdown, near Dover on Tuesday (April 27, 2021) and a murder investigation is now underway. But who was the much loved PSCO officer?
Who was PCSO Julia James?
Julia James, 53, worked for Kent Police's domestic violence unit, where she is said to have been a "devoted" advocate for victims.
Mrs James had two grown up children – a daughter who also works for the police and a 23-year-old son.
Kent Police have insisted they are treating the tragedy as a suspicious death.
But the Major Incident Public Portal, which witnesses can use to submit potentially vital information, described it as a "murder" codenamed Operation Sark.
National Police Federation chair John Apter tweeted: "Police have launched a murder investigation after @kent_police PCSO Julia James was found dead in remote Snowdown woods.
"My heart goes out to Julia’s family, friend and her colleagues. This is devastating news."
What happened to PCSO Julia James?
It is understood PCSO Julia had taken her dog for a walk after working from home.
Forensic officers on Wednesday (April 28, 2021) flooded the scene where the mother's body had been found as neighbours paid tribute to the "bubbly" woman.
Neighbour Sean Simmonds, 57, a paramedic, said that officers told him Mrs James’s loyal white Jack Russel had stayed with her body after she was killed while on a walk with her beloved pet.
He said: "The police have been doing door to door knocks. They told us the dog stayed with her. They found the dog with her."
Locals said Ms James regularly walked her Jack Russell terrier dog, which us believed to be called Toby, along the secluded country footpaths.
The horror happened just two-and-a-half miles from Chillenden, where mum and daughter Lin and Megan Russell, as well as dog Lucy, were murdered in 1996. Lin's older daughter Josie, then nine, suffered horrific injuries but survived the attack.
Police have not revealed how the popular officer died.
But on Friday, April 30, 2021, police confirmed that Mrs James died after suffering "severe head injuries".
Police say they are “working very hard” to identify a motive for the killing of the PCSO officer.
Kent Police Deputy Chief Constable Tim Smith said there are hundreds of officers on the investigation into her death but that there are currently no “clear suspects”.
The family is now being supported by police family liaison officers.
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