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The son of a much-loved PCSO who was found dead on a footpath near a village has paid a poignant tribute to his ‘amazing, caring’ mum.

The body of Julia James, 53, was found on a small footpath in Snowdown near Aylesham earlier this week.

She is believed to have been walking her dog near her home when the tragedy unfolded and local police have launched a murder probe.

Kent Police have not confirmed how the mum-of-two died and no arrests have yet been made.

Mrs James, who lived in The Crescent, Snowdown, became a PCSO in 2007 and tributes poured in in the wake of her death.

The Sun reports that Julia’s son Patrick Davis, 23, paid an emotional tribute and a final goodbye to his beloved mum.

He said on Facebook : “Mum, I cannot believe I’m even writing this. I love you to the moon and back.

“I’m in complete shock and I still don’t even think this is real, but I just hope wherever you may be that you’re happy and comfy because that’s all you deserve.

“You were the most amazing, loving, caring, mother anyone could ever ask for and the circumstances that surround this just don’t make sense.”

He went on to ask for space for his family at this time of grief.

Meanwhile, a neighbour who lives close to the scene where the PCSO was killed has raised fears of similarities with this case and the notorious Chillenden murders in 1996.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “It’s just too close to home. It’s worrying.

“You associate it with what happened in Chillenden. It makes you think have we got someone going around killing people in the woods? You just don’t know do you.

“It’s such a wide remote area so presumably whoever has done this awful thing knew the area and knows all the routes out.

“We all walk over there. It’s a very popular path and a beautiful woods full of wildlife. Then suddenly this shocking tragedy. People are afraid now.”

Officers were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday to Akholt Wood in the Aylesham Road area of Snowdown where Mrs James’ body was found.

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police Tom Richards said at the time: “Officers are carrying out a number of lines of inquiry to establish the circumstances and people in the Snowdown area will see an increased police presence as a result.

“It saddens me to confirm that the victim was a serving PCSO for Kent Police and while there is a full and thorough investigation under way our thoughts also remain with her family, friends and colleagues.

“It is vitally important that anyone who was in the area on Monday and Tuesday who may have seen something suspicious gets in touch with us.

“We’re particularly keen to speak to those who regularly visit the area who may have seen something out of place and those who drove by who have dashcam footage.

“We would advise people in the area to remain vigilant until the full circumstances of the death are established.”