A Police Community Support Officer found dead on a path near a village has been pictured for the first time.
Police confirmed earlier today that the body of Julia James, 53, was found on a small footpath in Snowdown near Aylesham yesterday.
Kent Police are treating her death as suspicious and have urged people in the area to “remain vigilant”.
Mrs James, who lived in Aylesham, was a “people person” and a mum-of-two, Kent Online reported. She became a PCSO in 2007.
Leah Southwell, 18, said Ms James was “such a happy woman.”
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“She was married to her husband for 35 years and has a teenage son,” she told The Sun.
“She was out waking her dogs at the time of the incident.”
A Kent Police spokesman said the force is urging witnesses to come forward.
“Officers were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday 27 April to Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown where the body of a woman, aged 53 was found,” they added.
“The victim is a serving Kent Police PCSO Julia James.
“No arrests have been made at this time but detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are conducting enquiries to establish the circumstances and her death is being treated as suspicious.”
Officers were called to Snowdown near Aylesham, Kent at around 4pm on Tuesday.
They have since closed off fields and footpaths around Snowdown, which is close to Aylesham.
South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedics attended and pronounced the serving PCSO dead in the woodland.
A spokesman said: “I can confirm we attended the scene and that sadly a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.”
More to follow.