A WOMAN who posted information about the murder of Julia James on Facebook was urged to contact police by the PCSO’s daughter.
Police are questioning a suspect connection with the murder of the 53-year-old PCSO – found dead on a remote footpath in Kent – as a house was searched.
Julia James, 53, was found dead next to Ackholt Wood in Snowdown on Tuesday April 27Credit: PA
Forensic officers have been seen searching a home in connection with the probeCredit: UkNewsinPictures
Police on the road in Aylesham near where Julia’s body was foundCredit: UkNewsinPictures
The Brit national in his 20s from Canterbury, was arrested at 9.30pm last night, around eight miles away from where the PCSO was found.
He remains in custody but police haven’t confirmed what offence he is being quizzed on.
The suspect was photographed with a Nike sports holdall about a mile from the crime scene the day after James was murdered on April 27.
Kent Police had put out an appeal on its Facebook page seeking information about a man described as being of “crucial importance” to the investigation – and a woman came forward, The Times reports.
The woman’s comment was buried among dozens of other posts but it was spotted by James’s daughter, Bethan Coles, 31, a police officer.
“Please go to the police if you have any information. We would be so grateful x,” she wrote.
The woman, who did not want to be named, later posted to say that she had made contact with officers.
Forensic officers were today seen searching a home in Aylesham “linked to inquiries” being made in the murder probe, ITV reports.
Cops, who could be seen stood outside the smart two-storey house, reportedly arrived at between 9pm and 10pm yesterday.
Kent Police said: “A search at a property in Sunshine Corner Avenue, Aylesham is linked to enquiries being made in relation to the murder of Julia James.
“There is no further guidance at this stage.”
It comes after cops released a picture of a man “crucially important” to the investigation who was seen in the area the day after her body was found.
But Kent Police confirmed last night they were no longer seeking information about him.
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards from Kent Police said: “We continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to contact us.
“If you were in the Snowdown area between 1pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 27 April please contact us.
“This includes anyone local who may have seen something out of place at the time, or who came across someone who made them feel uneasy – such as feeling compelled to cross the road or change the route they were walking.”
Police have released a picture of Julia James wearing the clothes she had on when she was murderedCredit: PA
Hundreds of specialist officers are working round the clock to nail the killer who repeatedly bludgeoned the mum-of-two over the headCredit: PA
She was attacked while walking her dog in Kent
Julia had left her home with Jack Russell Toby on her usual dog-walking route an hour before the brutal killing on April 27.
The timetable led to fears the mum-of-two could have been followed before she was killed
Her beloved dog stayed with her body after the attack, which police believe was random.
Assistant Chief Constable Richards said previously the force can’t rule out if her killer was someone she came across in her work, a potential dog-napper or if there was a sexual motive.
Julia, who worked for the domestic violence unit, was not on duty at the time of her death or wearing uniform.
A £10,000 reward to catch the monster responsible was offered by Crimestoppers this week as police ramped up the investigation.
Police seen searching rural Kent after the killingCredit: Steve Finn
Officers are said to be keeping an ‘open mind’Credit: Steve Finn
Officers were seen searching an old coal mine in Kent as they “broadened” their search.
Almost 450 cars were also stopped by police on Tuesday as they carried out road checks in the area.
Locals in the small Kent hamlet were left terrified by the murder as the killer remained at large.
They were urged to stay vigilant and be aware of their surroundings as police kept an “open mind” over the attack.
Paul James, 57, changed his profile picture on social media to the loved-up snap of the couple following the tragic loss of his wifeCredit: Facebook
Mr James commented beneath the picture: “I miss you so much Luvly xxx”Credit: Facebook
Her devastated husband paid tribute to Julia with a heartbreaking comment underneath a picture of the pair on their wedding day.
Paul James, 57, changed his profile picture on social media to the loved-up snap of the couple following the tragic loss of his wife.
He also used the “Help us find #justiceforjulia” frame which many people have adopted to spread awareness.
Mr James commented beneath it: “I miss you so much Luvly xxx”
Julia’s devastated family previously paid tribute to the “fiercely loyal” mum and gran.
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.
“Mum was fiercely loyal, she loved with her whole heart and nothing was too much trouble for the people she cared about.
Julia’s son Patrick James looks at floral tributes left near her family homeCredit: PA
“She had a beautiful smile and was always quick to laugh, she was so naturally funny with a brilliant sense of humour.
“It’s difficult to describe a person in a few sentences, to describe who they truly were is impossible, but the people who knew her will know how kind she was and how she would bring so much fun and life to a room.
“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.
“We would like to thank everybody who has messaged and left flowers, the outpouring of love and support from friends, the local community and our policing family has been enormous.
“After meeting with the police we have every confidence that they are doing everything within their power to find the person responsible and I urge everybody who may have any information, however small or insignificant to contact the police.
“You could be helping us get justice for Julia.”
Officers are keen to speak to anyone in the area on Monday or Tuesday who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.
Anyone with information should call 0800 0514526 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A £10,000 reward has been offered for information
Julia was discovered murdered last weekCredit: Rex
Police confirmed Julia suffered head injuriesCredit: Paul Edwards / The Sun
Officers have been carrying out fingertip searches of the woodlandCredit: Paul Edwards / The Sun
Many have paid emotional tribute to the much-loved mum, who was seen as a pillar of the communityCredit: PA