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Police release image of man who ‘could be key’ in Julia James murder probe
May 7, 2021
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Murder detectives have released an image of a man who "could be key" in the investigation of murdered community support officer Julia James.
Julia, 53, was found dead on April 24 with her beloved Jack Russell Toby at her side.
She was found dead next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown shortly before 4pm and Kent Police quickly launched a murder investigation.
The force have now released the image of a man they believe "could be key" in their search for Julia's alleged killer.
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards urged the man to come forward as they believe "he has information that could help" the investigation.
Kent Police claim the man was seenn the Aylesham area on Wednesday 28 April 2021 – the day after PCSO Julia James was murdered.
Mr Richards also appealed to the public or anyone who knows the man, asking them to come forward with details of his whereabouts.
"Perhaps he lives near you, perhaps you work with him or perhaps he visits your local shop to buy food.
"Please get in touch and help us find the answers Julia’s family deserve," he said.
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Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards of Kent Police said: "We are now in a position to release an image of a man we would like to speak to.
"We firmly believe he has information that could help this investigation and we urge him to come forward.
"We are also appealing to the public or anyone who knows this individual to please come forward with his details. Perhaps he lives near you, perhaps you work with him or perhaps he visits your local shop to buy food.
"Please get in touch and help us find the answers Julia’s family deserve."
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ACC Richards added that Kent Police are still waiting for a "critical" call or piece of information that would help them solve the case.
He said the force have a large team on hand but stressed that there is someone out there that "knows something about the day Julia died."
Mr Richards said: "We’re still waiting for that critical phone call or piece of information to help solve this investigation.
"We have a large team of specialist detectives working on this case but there is someone somewhere who knows this man in the picture, or who knows something about the day Julia died.
"I urge them to do the right thing and get in touch. We will handle your call with the utmost confidence and sensitivity."
Anyone who recognises the man in the photo is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are also still being asked to submit details online here.