Original article from Kent Live
Police investigating the murder of PCSO Julia James believe the killer may have deliberately left his phone at home to avoid detection, according to reports.
The 53-year-old was found dead with significant head injuries on a footpath near Akholt Wood, Snowdown, near Aylesham.
Police have made no arrests and say they have no clear suspects.
However, hundreds of specialist officers are working around the clock to nail the killer who repeatedly bludgeoned the mum-of-two over the head with a blunt weapon, according to The Sun.
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Mobile phone GPS signal checks have failed to identify a suspect, the newspaper said citing a police source.
Apparently this has led cops to believe it may have been deliberately kept at home to avoid detection.
The source told The Sun: “A week is a long time in a murder investigation.
“It’s understood extensive phone signal and GPS checks have failed to locate anything of note, leading them to suspect he has left it at home on purpose.
“Phone data and analysis plays a huge part in the vast majority of murder investigations.
“A huge amount of effort is going into finding him.
“Not taking a mobile phone would suggest he’s local as he would need to know the area.”
Elsewhere it's been reported that an incident involving a flasher in a van who indecent exposed himself to a female dog walker two weeks before is also being investigated.
However they would only confirm that they are "keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack", adding: "This is an ongoing investigation and we are unable to comment on specific lines of enquiry."
Last night, a vigil was held in Julia's memory.
Candles were lit and placed on doorsteps outside homes in The Crescent in Snowdown as the whole community fell silent.
Her family 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.
“Her loss will be felt by us every moment of every day.
"She will be so sorely missed."