Nearly a month after her death, the murder of a New Jersey radio host remains unsolved. On the morning of May 10, April Kauffman, 47, was found dead inside her home on Woodstock Drive in Linwood. Investigators say she suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and may have been murdered up to 12 hours before her body was discovered.
On Monday the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office gave NBC10 a copy of the 911 call made by the worker who found her body after we requested it. The worker, who neighbors say may have been inside the home to feed the family’s parakeets, made the call around 11:30 a.m.
“911, what is your emergency?” asked the operator.
“My boss is down. She’s got a cut on her arm,” replied the worker.
The recording reveals the worker didn’t realize right away she had been shot.
“My boss is lying on the floor in her bedroom and she’s got a cut on her arm and she’s not answering me,” said the worker
Police still have not made any arrests or named any suspects. Prosecutors have said little about their investigation thus far. Sources told NBC10 however investigators don’t believe the killing was random.
The victim’s husband, Dr. James Kauffman, spoke tearfully at his wife’s funeral. He did not want to speak with NBC10 today. A sign on the front desk of his office reads in part:
We are all thankful for your thoughts and prayers during this terrible tragedy. Please refrain from asking Dr. Kauffman and his staff any personal questions.
Kauffman hired Criminal Defense lawyer Ed Jacobs the day after the homicide. Jacobs previously told NBC10 his client was cooperating with investigators.
NBC10 tried to contact Jacobs today but he did not return our call. The Atlantic County Prosecutor also declined an interview we requested. Finally, the man who made the 911 call sent a text message to NBC10’s Ted Greenberg saying he does not want to talk with the media.
Kauffman was well-known in the community. She owned a salon and catering business, and she could be heard on the radio at WOND 1400 A.M., where she often co-hosted a Sunday afternoon show.
She was also a long-time volunteer of Operation Fireside. As a volunteer, she would host Coast Guard recruits from the Training Center in Cape May inside her home for Thanksgiving dinner.
Friends say she devoted much of her time to helping veterans.
"She loved the sacrifice that our military provided for our freedom and security," said Harry Hurley, friend and radio host. "I can't think of anybody that would want to do harm to April because all she ever did was help people and she didn't do it in a way that should have garnered any enemies."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.