DETECTIVES probing the murder of PCSO Julia James believe the killer may have deliberately left his phone at home to avoid detection – as her devastated daughter led a candle vigil tonight.
Hundreds of specialist officers are working round the clock to nail the killer who repeatedly bludgeoned the mum-of-two over the head with a blunt weapon which they cannot find.
Bethan James lit a candle to her murdered mum and shared an emotional social media post[/caption]
Julia’s son Patrick James looks at floral tributes left near her family home[/caption]
Hundreds of specialist officers are working round the clock to nail the killer who repeatedly bludgeoned the mum-of-two over the head[/caption]
Despite a huge search operation, hours of painstaking work and door to door enquiries, nobody has been arrested.
It is understood mobile phone GPS signal checks have failed to identify a suspect – leading cops to believe it may have been deliberately kept at home to avoid detection.
It comes as Bethan James lit a candle to her mum and shared an emotional social media post.
She wrote: “There are no goodbyes for us, wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”
She placed the blue candle next to a framed picture of Julia in the window of her home as thousands of well-wishers followed suit as part of a campaign.
Next to it was a white heart-shaped stone with “The ones we love are always in our hearts” printed on it.
Julia, 53, was attacked while walking her dog in secluded Kent woodland just 200 yards from her home last Tuesday afternoon.
A source told The Sun: “A week is a long time in a murder investigation.
“It’s understood extensive phone signal and GPS checks have failed to locate anything of note, leading them to suspect he has left it at home on purpose.
“Phone data and analysis plays a huge part in the vast majority of murder investigations.
“A huge amount of effort is going into finding him.
“Not taking a mobile phone would suggest he’s local as he would need to know the area.”
A spokeswoman for Kent Police said: “This is a live investigation and we continue to carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances.
“We will not be commenting or speculating on any individual lines of enquiry at this time.
“There are no updates planned for today, but of course the press will be notified of any significant updates should there be any.”
Julia’s cousin Samantha Griffin posted an passionate message on Facebook yesterday.
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She wrote: “She was walking her dog, near her home. Thats all… and somebody must know something about what happened.
“The person who did this, is walking our streets and your communities. So let’s stand up and make sure we swamp social media with her beautiful face in the hope that we can get information or the vile human who did this decides to hold their hands up.
“Our family, her friends and colleagues will not rest.”
People across the UK left candles in Julia’s memory[/caption]
The candle vigil was to remember Julia after she was killed last week[/caption]
Despite a huge search operation, hours of painstaking work and door to door enquiries, nobody has been arrested[/caption]
Tributes have been left to Julia[/caption]