Investigators probing the suspected murder of PCSO Julia James think the killer may have left his phone at home to avoid detection, it has been reported.
In a grim discovery the 53-year-old’s body was found a week ago in Akholt Wood, close to her home in the village of Snowdown, near Dover, Kent.
The PCSO, who was described as “fiercely loyal” by her family, died from serious head injuries while out walking her dog.
Police went on to launch an investigation but no arrests have been made so far and the motive of the killing has not been discovered.
A local police chief assured the community that “some of the very best detectives in the land” are working to bring Ms James’s killer to justice.
Now, The Sun reports that mobile phone GPS signal checks have failed to identify a suspect which has led detectives to believe it may have been deliberately kept at home so to avoid detection.
An unnamed source said: “A week is a long time in a murder investigation.
“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 spokesperson for Kent Police was reported to have said the force would not comment or speculate on individual lines of enquiry at this time.
It comes after a candlelit vigil was organised as well as a minute’s silence in her memory on Tuesday.
Her cousin Samantha Griffin posted on Facebook to question why there has been no public uproar over women’s safety after her beloved relative’s death.
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.”