Julia James’ murder: Hunt for killer goes on after cops trace mystery man and no longer need information about him

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THE hunt for Julia James’ killer has entered its 11th day after police confirmed a mystery man they were looking for has been identified.

PCSO Julia’s body was found on a remote footpath in Ackholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, on April 27.

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Julia James, 53, was found dead next to Ackholt Wood in Snowdown on Tuesday April 27[/caption]

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Hundreds of specialist officers are working round the clock to nail the killer who repeatedly bludgeoned the mum-of-two over the head[/caption]

Kent Police released a picture of a man they said could be “crucially important” to their probe.

But last night detectives revealed they had traced the man and are no longer appealing for information about him.

ACC Richards said: “I can confirm we have identified the man in the photo and we no longer need the media to run his image, nor do we need further information about him at this time.

“It remains that we still need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time between 1pm and 4.30 pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021, as well as 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.

“Despite identifying this individual, we are still keen to hear from those who have information that may help us.”

It comes just a day after a £10,000 reward was offered to find the monster who murdered Julia amid fears her killer could strike again.

Julia, 53, was found bludgeoned to death at 4.08pm on Tuesday April 27.

She had been working at home that day before taking her Jack Russell Toby for a walk in the Aylesham Road area around 3pm.

A post-mortem examination revealed Julia died from significant head injuries.

Her devastated husband yesterday posted 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.

It is believed to be the first time Mr James has commented publicly since Julia was killed.

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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[/caption]

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Mr James commented beneath the picture: “I miss you so much Luvly xxx”[/caption]

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Police have released a new picture of Julia James wearing the clothes she had on when she was murdered[/caption]

Julia James, 53, was attacked while walking her dog in Kent

Her son-in-law Chase Coles said more than 8,600 people have changed their profile picture to include the family’s appeal filter and the #justiceforjulia hashtag has been shared more than 5,000 times.

He added in a Facebook post: “Huge thank you to Crime Stoppers who are now offering a 10k reward for anyone with crucial information.

“Please, we have to keep sharing all we can! Someone knows something! Julia was taken from us in such a barbaric way. No family should have to endure this.


“We need to find the inhuman and absolute evil person responsible before it happens again! They cannot be allowed to walk amongst us!”

Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are asked to submit details online at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4601020121F07-PO1

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Police are continuing searches for her killer[/caption]

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Officers are said to be keeping an ‘open mind’[/caption]

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information
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Julia was discovered murdered last week[/caption]

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Tributes have been left to Julia[/caption]

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