Murder of popular radio host April Kauffman remains a mystery

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Murder of popular radio host remains a mystery. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on May 9, 2017.

Wednesday marks the five year anniversary of the murder of April Kauffman at the Jersey Shore.

While there have been no arrests or suspects in the case of the popular radio host and veterans advocate, law enforcement wants it known that the case file has not been closed.

But for Kauffman's daughter Kim Pack, she had hoped to have an arrest by now.

"I miss my mom a lot. Even though I walk around with a smile on my face, there is a big hole in my heart," Pack said.

Fresh eyes were brought on the case recently with newly appointed Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner.

"Upon coming into this office, I immediately requested a list of all open homicides since 1970," Tyner said.

On May 10, 2012, an employee of Kauffman's discovered her shot to death in the Linwood, Atlantic County home she shared with her husband Dr. Jim Kauffman.

Police say her husband told them April was alive when he left that morning.

Days after the murder, authorities said it was not a random act of violence, and hoped to make an arrest soon.

Over the years, little information about the case was released.

Two weeks ago, Prosecutor Tyner's office filed a motion requesting the DNA of April's husband. The prosecutor's office says Dr. Kauffman's attorney is opposing it.

"We are asking for a sample of his DNA so we can use that as part of our investigation," Tyner said.

Tyner confirms Dr. Kauffman has not been named a suspect.

"And we are not naming him as a suspect at this time," Tyner said.

Dr. Kauffman's attorney, Ed Jacobs, maintains his client's innocence saying, "We have encouraged prosecutors to follow all investigative leads they may have in hope of finding the person responsible for April's death."

Pack is thankful there is renewed attention on her mother's case.

Currently, she remains in a legal battle with Dr. Kauffman, her stepfather.

Pack's attorneys filed a wrongful death suit against him and are trying to block him from accessing two life insurance policies taken out against her late mother.

"I have been fighting for this justice that just seems elusive to me, so I welcome any kind of hope or investigation that would help solve this murder," Pack said.

Ed Jacobs says he believes the prosecutor's office shouldn't be speaking about the motion for Kauffman's DNA.

Both sides will be in court at the end of the month.
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