Original article from Kent Live
Kent Police have reconstructed Julia James’ final walk as they continue to investigate her murder.
The body of the 53-year-old PCSO was found in Akholt Wood near Aylesham, Dover on April 27.
The mum-of-two was out walking her beloved dog when the attack took place.
Toby, her Jack Russell, remained with her until she was found by members of the public just before 4pm.
The reconstruction, which took place two weeks on from Julia's death, saw an actor recreate the grandmother's final moments with Toby at her side.
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It comes after Kent Police charged a 21-year-old man from Aylesham with Julia's murder.
Callum Wheeler appeared at Medway Magistrates Court in person on Tuesday morning (May 11).
He is set to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday (May 13).
Assistant Chief Constable at Kent Police Tom Richards said it has been a “hugely challenging” fortnight since Julia’s death but claimed the charge was a ‘huge step’ in the investigation.
Today, Kent Police showed members of the media four locations of interest as they reconstructed Julia’s final walk.
Press watched on as the actor playing Julia followed the route officers believe was the grandmother's last.
The 'family loving' grandmother had gone on a dog walk from her home in Snowdown to the path in Akholt Wood where she was found.
The serving Kent Police PCSO was working from home on the day that she was murdered.
She had taken a short break to go for a walk with Toby and never returned home.
In the aftermath of her death, nearby neighbours and locals said they would often see Julia and Toby out walking together.
'That is her typical daily walk'
The actor donned the same clothes the PCSO was wearing on the day her body was found.
She was joined by the grandmother's faithful Jack Russell, who seemed to know Julia's regular route, pulling the actor in specific directions.
Police hope the images created today will be able to jog the memory of anyone who may have seen Julia in the hours before her death.
The actor – wearing a light blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark boots – set off from the hamlet of Snowdown with Toby on a lead.
She headed through a wooded area that opened out onto a wide field – the same route Julia is believed to have taken in the moments before her killing.
From there she headed down the edge of the farmland, with Aylesham Road running along to her right.
Toby, who has been looked after by Julia’s family in recent days, padded his way down the well-trodden path on what was a sunny afternoon in the Dover countryside.
After rounding the field, the pair headed away from the road and towards an area of woodland that is now cordoned off with police tape.
Mr Richards said: “That is her typical daily walk with Toby around the perimeter of that field.
“And finally you will see her concluding her walk around the field and entering the woodland where sadly she was found shortly after four o’clock, two weeks ago today.”
Hundreds of police officers, search teams and forensics crews remain in the village as they continue to comb through woodland surrounding Aylesham and Snowdown.
A house in Aylesham is also cordoned off as the investigation shows no sign of slowing down.
Last week Kent Police said officers would be in Aylesham and Snowdown for a number of weeks conducting enquiries.
No further arrests anticipated
At a press conference held at the same time as this morning's court hearing, Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said no further arrests were currently anticipated.
He told reporters: “As many of you will be aware, yesterday shortly after 10pm detectives… charged a gentleman, Callum Wheeler, a 21-year-old man who lives in Aylesham, with the murder of Julia.
“Today we continue to appeal for witnesses. I am confident that there were people in the area at the time that we want to speak to.”
Mr Richards said police are not “actively” seeking any further suspects in connection with the death of Julia.
He said: “I am keeping all options open, it’s a huge step forward in the investigation, a breakthrough, that we have arrested somebody.”
He added: “We are not at this stage looking actively to make any further arrests.”
For the latest details on the investigation press here.