Serving PCSO found dead in 'suspicious' circumstances
A woman found dead in Kent on Tuesday afternoon (April 27) has been named as a serving police community support officer (PCSO) with Kent Police.
Police are treating the death of 53-year-old Julia James as suspicious but no arrests have yet been made.
Officers were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday to Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown where her body was found.
Detectives are trying to establish the circumstances of her death.
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards of Kent Police said: “Officers are carrying out a number of lines of inquiry to establish the circumstances and people in the Snowdown area will see an increased police presence as a result.
“It saddens me to confirm that the victim was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and whilst there is a full and thorough investigation under way our thoughts also remain with her family, friends and colleagues.
“It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something suspicious gets in touch with us.
“We’re particularly keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area who may have seen something out of place and those who drove by who have dashcam footage.
“We would advise people in the area to remain vigilant until the full circumstances of the death are established.”