LINWOOD — Kim Pack is looking to move forward with her life. She said she has been stuck in a holding pattern since May 10, 2012, when her mother, radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman was found shot to death in her Woodstock Drive home.
Pack said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with The Press of Atlantic City that she is cautiously optimistic and more hopeful than she ever has been. Pack said she will leave the police work to the prosecutor and will not make any comment about how she really feels. “I just need them to do what they need to do to solve this murder case so that I can get my life back,” Pack said.
Three weeks ago, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced he is looking at all unsolved homicide cases in the county going back to 1970, and with that new scrutiny into open cases, he is taking a closer look at the Kauffman case.
Tyner has requested a DNA sample from Dr. James Kauffman, the husband of April Kauffman.
A hearing is scheduled in Atlantic County Superior Court for Friday to determine if the prosecutor is permitted to require James Kauffman to submit a DNA sample.
Edwin Jacobs, the attorney for James Kauffman, has refused to comment on the probe but has said his client is innocent.
Pack said in her Linwood home Wednesday that she has been waiting for something to breathe new life into her mother’s case, for any kind of movement, and Tyner’s effort on the stalled cases and the request for a DNA sample gives it another look. “I was so overwhelmed with so many emotions, just for the fact that this means something to this prosecutor,” Pack said.
While she cannot pretend to know exactly why they want the DNA sample from James Kauffman, Pack said, it is so surreal because she has been waiting for something like this for five years. She hopes that at Friday’s hearing the prosecutor will be permitted to proceed and get the DNA sample from Kauffman and, as Pack put it, do whatever is needed with that sample.
Is a solution or resolution to the April Kauffman case any closer now than it was a few months ago? Pack cannot be certain but said she feels Tyner is a very sincere man. She added, “People in Atlantic County should be happy and excited, because I think he really means what he says and that he is relooking at all murder investigations. In my case, I have been waiting for five years for this to be a priority or to even be in the deck for someone to take a look at it.”
But Pack has hope and faith the case will be resolved. “I want to look up to my mom and just say I did everything I could for you, but now it is time for me to figure out what is next for my life,” she said.