April Kauffman killer still free


More than eight months April Kauffman, a South Jersey talker who worked at Longport Media’s WOND-AM Atlantic City until February 2012 (and WIBG LLC’s WIBG-AM up to May 2012) was murdered, no arrest has yet been made. Her daughter, Kimberly Pack, reached out to WCAU-TV Philadelphia, and told reporter Ted Greenberg that while she’s upset, she’s still holding out hope that her mother’s killer will be brought to justice.

The day before her death, she co-hosted “The King Arthur Show” on WIBG, a show she had appeared on weekly for at least several months. But the prosecutor said the killing apparently had nothing to do with her work on the radio. Atlantic County Prosecutor Theodore Housel had suggested last year that an arrest was likely, though he didn’t say how soon or provide any information about a possible suspect.

A person who came to feed a collection of pet birds belonging to Kauffman and her husband, James, found her body, said a neighbor speaking on condition of anonymity. Housel said the handyman called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after he discovered her body in her home. Kauffman was shot several times.

Friends and associates said she owned a catering business and a hair salon but was best known in the area for her support of veterans, including on-air. Her husband is a practicing endocrinologist in Linwood, NJ.

Kauffman’s murder was a headline story for days — a popular radio host and Veterans affairs activist was gunned down in her bedroom. She was shot multiple times.

“It’s tough each and every day and we just do the best that we can,” Kauffman’s Daughter, Kimberly Pack, told NBC10’s Greenberg. She broke her silence in an exclusive interview. “The whole thing is just devastating, from the murder of my mother to be here at nine months.”

Kauffman, 47, and her husband, Dr. James Kauffman were living in the home when she was killed. At the funeral, Dr. Kauffman professed his love for April, “I love and miss you so much. I don’t know what to do without you. I hope to be with you soon. Love, Jim.”

Prosecutors have revealed very little about the probe, although sources have told NBC10 that investigators do not believe Kauffman’s killing was random.

Lee Darby and other friends of Kauffman are in the process of raising reward money. “Somebody absolutely has to know something…somebody knows the truth,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office would only say the case remains under active investigation.

“When you go through something like this and you lose somebody so close to you, I don’t care if it’s two months after it happened, eight years later, the only thing that you can’t do is lose hope because that person that died like this doesn’t deserve it and that’s what keeps you going, is hope,” Pack said.

See the WCAU-TV story here