Cops release image of murdered PCSO Julia James in clothes she was last seen in

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Police investigating the death of PCSO Julia James have released a new picture of the beloved officer in clothes she was last seen wearing.

Herremains were found in Akholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent, on Tuesday, April 27.

Police officers are treating the investigation as murder, but have yet to make any arrests.

Detectives have not recovered a murder weapon and still have no clear motive – but have urged locals in the area to exercise caution when they leave their homes.

On Wednesday, May 5, Kent Police released a picture of Julia walking her Jack Russell Toby.

In it, she is seen wearing a blue waterproof coat, blue jeans and dark Wellington-style brown boots.

Aside from the gloves, they are the same clothes Julia was wearing on the day of the murder.

Kent Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards said: "We’re hoping that this image of Julia wearing what she wore before her death will help jog people’s memory.

"We want to hear from people who think they saw her walking Toby on that day and we also want to speak to people who were in the area that afternoon.

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"Perhaps you were going for a run, walking your own dog, driving through or farming your land.

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the area or who saw Julia. Any and all information is welcomed and our detectives will decide what is relevant to their investigation."

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have released images of the crime scene and drawn a map around the area.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was within the red lines between 1pm and 4.30pm last Tuesday, April 27.

Police believe Julia’s killer was a stranger, and she may have been targeted in a “sexually motivated” attack.

Residents earlier spotted a “flasher” in the village, but it went unreported.

A woman told The Times: “The victim was shocked, she didn't want to take much notice. She didn't take it further.”

A female dog walker was reportedly later confronted by a prowler in a van a mile from the crime scene.

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When asked if the attack was sexually motivated, Kent Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Tim Smith told BBC Radio Kent: "'That will be an important line of enquiry, I am not able to say either way at this stage. We are keeping a very open mind about the motive."

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.

Anyone with video footage can submit it online at

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