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Julia James was found dead on the edge of Akholt Wood in Snowdown, near Aylesham, shortly after 4 pm on Tuesday. Detectives have today launched a murder probe after a female PCSO was found dead ‘with her Jack Russell Toby by her side on a secluded pathway in a leafy Kent hamlet where she often walked the faithful dog.
She was 53 years old.
Julia James Found Dead
Kent Police today launched a murder investigation in the wake of the unexplained death, which is understood to have taken place yesterday afternoon as the married mother-of-two walked her dog.
One local said he was told Mrs. James’ body was found alongside the Jack Russell, who ‘stayed with her until police arrived. The serving PCSO for Kent Police was pronounced dead at the scene.
The path where her body was found in just two and a half miles from Cherry Garden Lane in the neighboring village of Chillenden, Kent, where Lin Russell was murdered alongside her daughter Megan in July 1996.
Michael Stone, who was later convicted of the double murder, also left Dr. Russell’s nine-year-old daughter Josie fighting for life in the attack.
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Stone attacked the family as they walked their dogs in the surrounding countryside.
Several police vehicles arrived in Snowdown today and forensics teams were seen working close to the bridal path on which Mrs. James’s body was found. No arrests have been made in the case.
It is understood Mrs. James’s family is being looked after by police family liaison officers.
Sean Simmonds, who lives opposite the semi-detached, three-bedroom home Mrs. James shares with her husband Paul, said he saw her leave the house to walk her dog at 3 pm yesterday but did not see her return.
She was found dead an hour later on a bridleway on the edge of Ackholt Wood and fields of the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown, a former coal-mining town close to Dover.
It is understood Mrs. James had been working from home and had taken her dog out for a walk afterward.
Mr. Simmonds, 57, said he was told by police that the small dog ‘stayed with’ Mrs. James following her death and was found alongside the grandmother’s body.
He said: ‘I was polishing my car on the driveway and I looked up and saw Julia walking past on the other side of the road with the dog.
‘She was heading towards the woods at the back, I’d occasionally bump into her there when I was out walking my two dogs. I didn’t see her come back. Around 4 pm, the police arrived and started cordoning off the area.’
Neighbors said Mrs. James regularly exercised her dog along the country footpaths near to her home, which is on a 1930s miners’ housing estate in the hamlet.
National Police Federation chair John Apter said: ‘Police have launched a murder investigation after @kent_police PCSO Julia James was found dead in remote Snowdown woods.
‘My heart goes out to Julia’s family, friend, and her colleagues. This is devastating news.’
It is understood Mrs. James became a police community support officer in 2007, joining a Kent County Council learning resource center.
After becoming a PCSO for Tenterden in 2013, she told a local paper: ‘I am a people person and love being in the community. The people in Tenterden are very friendly.’
She has two children – a daughter who also works for the police and a 23-year-old son – as well as an infant grandson.
Devastated locals say the community, comprised of roughly 54 houses and part of the civil parish of Aylesham, has been left ‘shocked’ and ‘reeling’ following her death.