Detectives can not rule out that serving police neighborhood help officer Julia James was murdered by a stranger in Kent this week and are investigating “all potential motives”.
The 53-year-old’s physique was discovered with “vital head accidents” simply “a couple of hundred yards from her home” in Akholt Wooden, Snowdown, close to Dover, on Tuesday.
Police stated she died from blunt trauma to the top, however wouldn’t touch upon any potential homicide weapon.
At a information convention in close by Aylesham, on Friday, Kent Police assistant chief constable Tom Richards urged folks to be “cautious, vigilant, conscious of their environment”.
He stated he was not particularly advising girls, or anybody, to remain at residence or to keep away from any explicit places.
“I do perceive that native residents are involved, that’s utterly pure,” he stated, including that Ms James’s homicide was “an extremely uncommon and remoted incident”.
Tons of of officers are concerned within the investigation and searches for proof within the space continued on Friday.
Mr Richards stated police didn’t at this stage “have any recognized suspects”.
“We’re maintaining all choices open to us whereas we absolutely examine the circumstances of this matter and attempt to perceive absolutely what occurred,” he stated.
“We don’t at this stage perceive the motive.”
He declined to say whether or not detectives had discovered indicators of a battle.
Ms James, who had served with the pressure since 2008, was not on obligation or in uniform and had been strolling her canine on the time of her demise.
Her canine was discovered unhurt on the scene when police arrived and there was “no proof that any of her possessions have been lacking”.
The demise was initially considered as “suspicious”, however Kent Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that it was being handled as homicide.
Ms James was a “massively devoted, passionate” one who was “utterly dedicated to serving the folks of Kent”, the place she had lately labored with victims of home violence, Mr Richards stated.
He stated her colleagues have been “very shocked, very upset”, and have been receiving help.
Police stated Ms James’s household have been being supported by specialists officers at this “extremely tough and difficult” time.
Ms James’s nephew, Karl James, stated his aunt was “only a pretty particular person” and her demise has been “an actual shock”.
“Clearly it’s been an actual shock. I work away, however my spouse is right here – closely pregnant – and with younger children, so she’s on edge in the meanwhile too,” he instructed 5 Information.
“So I’ve come residence and simply ready for solutions – that’s the worst bit actually.”
Floral tributes have been left for Ms James in Aylesham.
Officers have appealed for anybody who could have seen one thing uncommon or suspicious within the space on Tuesday or Wednesday to return ahead.
They’re inspired to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526.