Original article from Kent Live
PCSO Julia James died of significant head injuries and investigators can't rule out a stranger attack, police have said today (April 29).
These are the revelations from Deputy Chief Constable Tim Smith ahead of a press conference in to the death of the grandmother in Aylesham, near Dover.
Hundreds of police officers, search teams and forensics crews have been on site for 72 hours as they continue to search for answers.
The body of the 53-year-old was found in Akholt Wood between Aylesham and Snowdown on Tuesday afternoon (April 27).
Police initially treated the death as 'suspicious' before launching a murder investigation on Wednesday.
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The mother of two was a serving Kent Police PCSO but it is believed to have been off duty when her body was found.
Thus far, nobody has been arrested or charged but Kent Police is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Dozens of tributes have been laid in Aylesham as a close knit community mourns Julia's tragic passing.
Julia's nephew Karl James previously told 5 News his aunt was “just a lovely person” and said her death has been “a real shock”.
Kent Police will be holding a press conference at 11am on Friday (April 30).
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards of Kent Police will be providing an update on the investigation.
Follow our live blog below as we bring you the latest developments from the murder probe.
Significant head injuries
The police community support officer murdered in a quiet hamlet in Kent died from significant head injuries.
Police said they are “working very hard” to identify a motive for the killing of Julia James, whose body was found in Akholt Wood earlier this week.
The 53-year-old was off-duty at the time and was reportedly last seen while out walking her dog.
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”.
What we know so far about Julia's death
Police officers, forensic teams and search crews have been scouring the Kent countryside as investigations into the death of PCSO Julia James continue.
Kent Police confirmed that a body found in woodland near Aylesham belonged to the 53-year-old mum and grandmother.
On Wednesday afternoon (April 28) the force revealed that a murder investigation had been launched.
The body was found in Akholt Wood which is situated between Aylesham and Snowdown, near Dover.
Police were initially called on Tuesday (April 27) with a large presence remaining in place overnight and into the early hours of the morning.
A large police cordon was erected miles around the perimeter of Akholt Wood with dozens of officers guarding entrances.
The fast moving nature of this case means it can be a struggle to keep up with the facts of the case.