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Daughter of ‘murdered’ PCSO shares poignant picture as police try to find motive

The family of tragic PCSO Julia James, who was killed as she walked her dog on Tuesday, are pleading for the public to help get justice on social media.

Relatives, including daughter Bethan Coles and son-in-law Chase Coles, have added a filter to their social media profile pictures calling for justice to be served.

The overlaying text reads: “Help us find justiceforjulia. Call Kent Police 0800 0514 526,” alongside two blue love hearts.

It comes after Julia’s family last night issued a heartbreaking tribute, saying: “As a family we are trying to understand how we will navigate our lives without her, it seems an impossible task.”

The popular police worker, who joined Kent Police in 2008, was found dead in woodland in Snowdown, Kent, close to her home.

Police have so far not identified a suspect or motive, with detectives not ruling out on Friday whether Ms James was killed by a stranger, someone she came across during her work, someone trying to steal her dog, or as part of a sexual assault.

Julia's family have called on the public to help in their search for justice
Julia’s family have called on the public to help in their search for justice

No arrests have been made, and detectives have not ruled out the possibility that Julia was killed by a stranger.

Officers have pledged to leave “no stone unturned” in the hunt for the killer.

A floral tribute left in the historic market square promises Julia her “police family will get you justice”.

The attached note reads: “PCSO Julia James, Your police family will get you justice. Thank you for your service, sleep tight x”

Floral tributes close to the scene in Snowdown, Kent

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Teams of police officers could be seen in the distance behind a large cordon on Saturday searching the verges of the woods where PCSO Julia James was found, with a white police tent erected nearby.

A bunch of flowers has also been left to “our beautiful niece Julia” from George and Jane.

The note reads: “No words can express our sadness. Our family has lost the most beautiful soul. In our hearts always.”

In a touching tribute released yesterday, Julia’s family recalled her “beautiful smile” and “brilliant sense of humour”.

They said in a statement: “There are no words to adequately describe the void left in our lives by the death of our mum.

“She was so much to so many people; a wife, mother, daughter, nanny, sister and a friend.

The body of Julia James was found on Tuesday
The body of Julia James was found in woodland on Tuesday

Tributes left in memory of the popular PCSO following her death on Tuesday
Tributes left in memory of the popular PCSO following her death on Tuesday

“Mum was fiercely loyal, she loved with her whole heart and nothing was too much trouble for the people she cared about.”

They added: “Her loss will be felt by us every moment of every day. She will be so sorely missed. As a family we are trying to understand how we will navigate our lives without her, it seems an impossible task.”

Julia’s family said they had “every confidence” that police were doing “everything within their power to find the person responsible” and urged anyone with information to contact officers.

“You could be helping us get justice for Julia,” the statement added.

At a press conference on Friday, Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards urged members of the public to be “vigilant” and “aware of their surroundings”.

Mr Richards said: “We do not at this stage have any identified suspects; we are keeping all options open to us while we fully investigate the circumstances of this matter and try to understand fully what happened.”

He declined to rule out that Ms James was killed by a stranger, someone she came across during her work, someone trying to steal her dog, or as part of a sexual assault.

Mr Richards would not comment on any potential murder weapon and also declined to say whether detectives had found signs of a struggle.



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