Original article from Kent Live
A neighbour of Julia James believes he may have been the last person to see the 53-year-old alive.
The body of the Kent Police PCSO was found in Woodland in Aylesham on Tuesday afternoon (April 27)
Yesterday (April 28), Kent Police launched a murder investigation in to her death as they continued their search for answers.
Neighbours have been paying tribute to ‘family loving’ Julia ever since the heartbreaking news broke.
Signing up to the KentLive newsletter means you'll get the latest news direct to your inbox twice a day.
It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds – simply press here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your email address in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms.
You can also sign up to our website and comment on our stories by pressing here and signing in.
KentLive spoke to neighbours in the small hamlet of Snowdown, where Julia lived, which lies just a short walk from Akholt Woods where the body was found.
A number of neighbours spoke about Julia’s love for walking the dog with the community shocked by the news.
Neighbour Sean Simmonds told The Sun that he believes he is the last person to have seen Julia alive.
He said he had seen her walking toward the woods with her dog, but she did not return.
A short time later began cordoning off the area, he said.
The 57-year-old paramedic added: "I might have been the last person to see her alive. It’s chilling."
Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "So saddened to hear of the death of Kent Police. PCSO Julia James. I offer my sincere condolences to Julia’s friends, family and colleagues at this awful time."
Tributes have been pouring in for Julia, with friends, colleagues, cabinet members and family all paying respect.
Julia's ex Wayne Davis, 62, said he'd found out about the tragedy from son Patrick, 23, who he shared with Julia.
Mr Davis told The Sun he had asked Patrick if he knew what was happening in Snowdown, and said he had heard a woman had lost her life.
“Then a bit later, the phone rang and he said, 'Dad, it’s Mum’. He was crying and crying," he recounted.
Mr Davis described Julia as "the love of my life", saying she was a "lovely woman".
He said being a PCSO was "a way of life" for her, and added: “For something like that to happen, in the middle of nowhere – you don’t know whether it’s just random."
He said the location of her death was "odd", and added that police appeared to know more than they were saying.