Five years after the unsolved killing, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a court motion to get a sample of Jim Kauffman’s DNA in connection with the death of his wife, April Kauffman.
The motion is scheduled to be heard May 26 in Atlantic County Superior Court, according to an email Thursday from the office of Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner.
“I do not know Mr. Tyner, but I am certainly supportive of his effort to take another look at the case again,” Kim Pack, daughter of April Kauffman, told The Press of Atlantic City. “The fact that my mother’s case is going to be looked at again, that they still care and that it is not a cold case is very much appreciated.”
The body of April Kauffman, 47, a radio host, was found May 10, 2012, in the Woodstock Avenue home in Linwood she shared with her husband. An autopsy revealed she had been shot to death, and the investigation was labeled a homicide probe.
Tyner was out of the office Thursday and unavailable for comment. However, according to published reports, Tyner — sworn in to office March 15 — requested a list of all open homicides dating to 1970.
Jim Kauffman’s lawyer, Edwin Jacobs, said he could not comment Thursday but previously has said his client is innocent.
Pack said the last five years are still very fresh in her mind.
“Not that you can ever forget, but it really hit me like a ton of bricks that it is five years,” Pack said in a telephone interview.
Pack said the unsolved killing has never allowed her to have any closure over her mother’s death.
She said she was unaware of the DNA motion, which was filed two weeks ago, until she heard about it on the news.
“It was surreal to hear him; to have an authoritative figure say the case is still open and still active,” Pack said. “I think this was what I was waiting to hear for all these years.”
Pack said she remains optimistic and hopeful.
Pack said Tyner’s opening of all the unsolved murder cases in the county will help many people, not just her family.
“I want nothing more than to see closure and peace come to the other people who are living this same horrific scenario as me,” Pack said.
Pack recalled sitting at a table with her mother and telling her how, at age 29, Pack felt she had a good marriage, great job and two wonderful kids.
“My mom teared up just a little and told me that if she died tomorrow, that she would feel like she had done a good job as a mother. That was our last real conversation about life. I had no idea a few months later she would be taken from me. Other people are living that same thing; when a loved one is just snatched from your life,” Pack said.
“Sometimes you will remember something. It will jog people’s memory — that the case is being re-examined. Maybe time has passed and people will remember a little detail that they did not think was important before, but it just might be that one missing piece. I will always remain hopeful,” she said.