Original article from Kent Live
The family of a Kent Police PCSO found dead near Dover have issued an emotional statement in tribute to the beloved grandmother.
The body of the 53-year-old mother-of-two was found in woodland near Aylesham on Tuesday (April 27)
After initially treating her death as ‘suspicious’ Kent Police has now opened a murder investigation.
However, a statement from the force this morning confirmed they had not identified a suspect or a motive yet.
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Julia was a wife, mother-of-two and a grandmother.
She was a big part of the Aylesham and Snowdown community who continue to mourn her death today (April 30), trying to come to terms with the news.
The family appealed for anyone with information to come forward as they try and get ‘justice for Julia’.
'She loved with her whole heart'
Their full statement said: ‘There are no words to adequately describe the void left in our lives by the death of our mum.
‘‘She was so much to so many people; a wife, mother, daughter, nanny, sister and a friend.
"Mum was fiercely loyal, she loved with her whole heart and nothing was too much trouble for the people she cared about.
"She had a beautiful smile and was always quick to laugh, she was so naturally funny with a brilliant sense of humour.
"It’s difficult to describe a person in a few sentences, to describe who they truly were is impossible, but the people who knew her will know how kind she was and how she would bring so much fun and life to a room.
"Her loss will be felt by us every moment of every day. She will be so sorely missed. As a family we are trying to understand how we will navigate our lives without her, it seems an impossible task.
"We would like to thank everybody who has messaged and left flowers, the outpouring of love and support from friends, the local community and our policing family has been enormous.
"After meeting with the police we have every confidence that they are doing everything within their power to find the person responsible and I urge everybody who may have any information, however small or insignificant to contact the police. You could be helping us get justice for Julia."
Paying tribute, Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: "Julia was a dedicated PCSO who devoted years to serving the people of Kent.
"She was well liked by colleagues and members of the public showing commitment and passion for her job and we are all devastated by what has happened.
"She will be fondly remembered and missed by all who knew her.
"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies also remain with her family, friends and colleagues."