Murder,Rape,Adoption,Dismemberment,Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Northampton County officials scouring Sara Packer's adoption files

January 17, 2017

A Montgomery County couple acted out a hate-fueled rape and murder fantasy on 14-year-old Grace Packer, authorities said, charging the girl's mother Sara Packer and her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan in a conspiracy to kill her and dismember her body. Sara Packer arrived at Northampton County's Children, Youth and Families Division in 2003 with impeccable credentials and an apparent passion to be a champion for children. Today, county officials are rifling through the adoptions she helped arrange during her six years there with the knowledge that Packer and her boyfriend stand accused of the rape and murder of her adoptive 14-year-old daughter Grace. Officials want to determine whether she mishandled any adoption cases or whether they missed any red flags to suggest how a supervisor they trusted came to be charged with such a crime. Northampton County Controller Stephen Barron said county officials are currently combing through the adoption files and calling parents and children in the adoptions Packer helped arrange, either as a caseworker for four years, or later as a supervisor. Their findings will be delivered to county solicitor Ryan Durkin. Ultimately, Children and Youth Director Kevin Dolan will present the findings to state Department of Human Services investigators conducting a death review of the brutal July 8 killing of Grace in Richland Township, Bucks County. PHOTO GALLERY: Mourners attend memorial service for Grace Packer's at New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Montgomery County on Monday, January 16, 2017. County Executive John Brown and Durkin did not respond to requests for comment. Dolan, who has been with Children and Youth for 42 years and is the longtime director of the division, said he could not comment on any specific case, including Packer's. "As far as the process, yes, in a death investigation, every county involved will be asked to review its personnel file and any files relevant to the death," Dolan said. "We would be no different in that process." Among the six counties involved in the investigation, Northampton County's is the only one that...

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