SOLVED: Remains Found In Canada 40 Years Ago Identified As Man From Camden County NJ
It's difficult to imagine in today's world a case in which identifying someone who has died would take an extraordinarily long time. That's because technology and practices have continued to evolve, which makes finding answers a lot easier on investigators. 40 years ago, however, that wasn't exactly true.
Fast forward to the present day: the remains of a Camden County man have been up in Canada, no less, dating all the way back to 1983. Reportedly, they belong to a man named Theodore Frederick Kampf of Oaklyn, whose remains were found in the Yukon Territory. The man left for a vacation up north back in the summer of 1981. Obviously, he didn't make it back.
Although every effort was made decade in and decade out to attempt to identify the remains, authorities from both the United States and Canada kept coming up short. Of course, Kampf's family reported him missing, but since nothing was ever found until two years later, any type of investigation that would presume him dead couldn't have even started until that point. The family still didn't have answers since the ID wasn't made until now.
The question remains, however, how exactly was an ID all of a sudden possible after years and years of getting nowhere? A DNA sample was reportedly provided to a lab in Texas that was able to create a pretty comprehensive genetic profile that was then able to finally link them to Kampf.
Does this mean the family will finally get the closure they've most likely been so desperate for? Hopefully. They won't be able to fully move past this until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are able to solve the mystery of what actually happened to Theodore Kampf. They have said, unfortunately, that they do believe he was murdered.
Source: NJ.com, Royal Canadian Mounted Police