Kent Deputy Police Chief Tim Smith said detectives are not yet required to identify “clear” suspects in the investigation into the murder of police officer Julia James.
Speaking to BBC Radio Kent, he said, “We have hundreds of officers working on this investigation as we try to find out exactly what happened to Julia and, more importantly, who did this to Julia and why.”
“I’m afraid I can’t go into many of the details for perhaps very obvious reasons, but it’s fair to say that there are a number of different lines of investigation.
“We work very hard to identify a motive and we work very hard to find out who may have been doing this.”
“It is correct to say that we currently have no clear suspects.”
Deputy Chief Constable Smith said 53-year-old community support officer Julia James died of “significant” head injuries.
“We just don’t know why this happened,” he told BBC Radio Kent.
He said he could “say nothing” either way if the attack was sexually motivated.
“We are very open to the motive.”
He added, “Julia died of severe head injuries.”
Detectives continue to investigate the killing of her colleague Julia James, who was reportedly last seen walking her dog with head injuries.
Flowers were left behind for the local PCSO in nearby Aylesham, with a note from The Guys in Blue saying, “Your duty is done. Take it easy now, we’ll take it from here! “
Parts of Snowdown will continue to be cordoned off while the investigation continues. However, police have not yet made any arrests for the murder of the 53-year-old.
The hamlet, surrounded by fields, is less than three miles from the village of Chillenden, where Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter Megan were killed in a wildcat attack in July 1996 while walking their dogs.
The public is encouraged to provide information as the police are pursuing “a number of lines of investigation”.
On Thursday, forensic scientists in white suits were seen outside a tent in a nearby field while uniformed officers patrolled the area.
The field was an early focus of the homicide investigation. The white tent was erected just 200 meters from Mrs. James’ house.
Ms. James, whose body was found in Akholt Wood earlier this week, was reportedly last seen walking her dog.
Her nephew Karl James described his aunt as “just a beautiful person”.
Speaking to 5 News, he said, “Obviously it was a real shock. I’m working away, but my wife is here – heavily pregnant – and has young children, so she’s nervous at the moment too.
“So I came home just waiting for answers – that’s really the worst.”
She paid tribute to a touching flower homage that was left at the crime scene and said: “Dearest Julia RIP, you made me laugh!
“The nicest person I have ever met loves Becki x”
Members of the public have also planted flowers for the Community Support Officer on the green in nearby Aylesham.
A note read: “Rest in peace, beautiful lady and fly high, you will always be on our minds
“Gone, but you will never be forgotten”
Another note commends Mrs. James for her “heart of gold”.
A grandmother who lives nearby and asks not to be named told the PA news agency: “I always walk in our house alone or with my grandson and my dog through the woods and you expect you to be safe, don’t you true?
“I’ll be more vigilant, conscious, and careful if I go out in the moment.”
After adding her own flowers to the growing pile of flower tributes for Mrs. James, the woman added, “Lots of people want to show her their respect. (It’s very sad.”
Meanwhile, a uniformed policeman stayed in front of the Snowdown house where Mrs. James was believed to have lived.
The murder came as a shock to a small community. 72-year-old John Miller described it as “the hell of loss”.
He told the PA news agency, “I can’t believe it’s true, to be honest. Everyone feels safe here.”
Mary Bossen, identified by Sky News as Mrs. James’ cousin, said the family was “devastated”.
She told Sky News: “It’s just so horrible, nobody knows what really happened, right?
“We all go there with our dogs, all of us, it’s just awful.”
The police are still prompting anyone with information to come forward when they investigate the murder of Ms. James.
The death was originally deemed “suspicious” but Kent Police confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it was being treated as murder.
Deputy Police Chief Tom Richards said it was “vital” that anyone who was in the area Monday and Tuesday and who may have seen anything suspicious should report.
The officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday, April 26th and 27th, and who may have seen something unusual or suspicious.
You are asked to contact the Kent Police Department on 0800 0514 526.
Anyone with video footage can submit it online at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4601020121F07-PO1