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Julia James’ family urge people to ‘share her smile’ to help murder probe

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Original article from Kent Live

The grieving family of Julia James have urged people to keep “sharing her smile” – as her murder probe continues.

The police investigation continues after the mum-of-two, 53, was killed just 300 yards away from her home in Snowdown in April.

Hundreds of officers are still searching the area surrounding the woodland with the attention turning to the train track which runs close to the site where her body was found.

Now Julia’s cousin, Samantha Griffin, has pleaded for people to continue to provide information, vowing: “We will not rest.”

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She wrote online: “Don’t stop talking about our Julia. Don’t stop sharing Julia’s smile. Don’t stop giving information.

“It’s important to keep Julia in the eyeline and thoughts of everyone. Police are still asking people to come forward with information into the murder of my cousin, so that they can eliminate people/things from their enquires.”

Julia joined Kent Police as a police community support officer in 2008 and more recently worked with victims of domestic abuse.

Julia James was found dead on April 27

She was found in Akholt Wood near her home on April 27. Her loyal Jack Russell, Toby, was by her side.

Kent Police staged a reconstruction of Julia’s last steps in which an actress took Toby on the 10-minute stroll from her house to the perimeter of the woods.

Dressed in a turquoise Berghaus jacket and navy tight-fitting jeans tucked into black wellies, the blonde middle-aged double led Toby on a neon lead.

Kent’s Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: “We have an obligation to piece together… the last moments of Julia’s life.”

Callum Wheeler, 21, appeared by video link at Maidstone crown court on Thursday, charged with Julia’s murder. He did not enter a plea.

He is being held on remand and will stand trial in November.

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