POLICE hunting the killer of murdered PCSO Julia James have released an image of a man who they say could be "key" to the investigation.
Cops say the man was seen in the area the day after her body was found on a remote footpath near Ackholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent.
Detectives want to speak to a man who is understood to have been in the Aylesham area on Wednesday April 28 – the day after the PCSO Julia James was murdered.
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 revealed Julia died from significant head injuries.
Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards from Kent Police said today: "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."
ACC Richards added: "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 at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4601020121F07-PO1
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