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Police widen search area in Julia James murder case

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Original article from Kent Live

Police are broadening the search as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of PCSO Julia James.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have arranged for officers in Aylesham to expand their searches of the surrounding areas after Julia, 53, was found deceased next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown just before 4pm on April 27, 2021.

Officers now have plans to carry out searches at a number of other locations in addition to the initial crime scene in and around the wood.

Police remain keen to hear from anyone who was within the area defined by red lines on a map (as seen below), between 1pm and 4.30pm on the day in question.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: "I would like to thank the local community for their fantastic support so far. We are incredibly grateful for their compassion and patience whilst we continue this investigation.

"Furthermore, we continue to urge anyone with information to contact us. We are keeping an open mind and not ruling anything out."

Julia James had been working at home that day before taking a walk towards Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area.

She was found at around 4pm by members of the public and a post-mortem examination confirmed she had died of significant head injuries.

Julia James pictured wearing the outfit she was last seen wearing

A photo released by police, shows Julia walking her Jack Russell Toby while wearing a light blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark coloured Wellington style brown boots – this is the same clothing as what she wore on Tuesday, April 27 – apart from the gloves.

The area on the map (as seen below) is contained by boundaries of the pathways of Spinney Lane to the North, Aylesham Road to the East, Holt Street to the South and Pond Lane to the West.

Police have released the above map

On May 4, one week after Julia was killed, police conducted numerous road checks to speak to motorists in the area.

Between 12.30pm and 6.30pm a total of 449 vehicles were stopped and occupants spoken to.

ACC Richards added: "The local community will continue to see an increased police presence in the Aylesham and Snowdown areas whilst Kent Police supports residents and conducts enquiries.’"

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