Original article from Kent Live
A murder probe has been opened following the death of PCSO Julia James, police have confirmed.
The 53-year-old's body was discovered in Akholt woodland outside Aylesham, near Dover, on Tuesday (April 27).
The mother-of-two, who regularly walked her dog in the area was a serving Kent Police PCSO.
In a statement earlier today, Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police Tom Richards said: "Officers are carrying out a number of lines of inquiry to establish the circumstances and people in the Snowdown area will see an increased police presence as a result.
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"It saddens me to confirm that the victim was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and whilst there is a full and thorough investigation under way our thoughts also remain with her family, friends and colleagues.
"It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something suspicious gets in touch with us.
"We're particularly keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area who may have seen something out of place and those who drove by who have dashcam footage.
"We would advise people in the area to remain vigilant until the full circumstances of the death are established."
Linda Keen, councillor for Aylesham, Eythorne and Shepherdswell, said Julia's death has shocked and saddened the local community.
She told MirrorOnline: "It's absolutely dreadful news and a tragedy for the woman, her family and the local community who must be in shock.
"This sort of incident is very atypical for Aylesham and doesn't really happen here.
"I'm sure the police will do absolutely everything they can to establish what has happened."
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday April 26-27 who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Anyone with video footage can submit it online here.