State lawmakers question why Inspector General's report on Grace Packer murder hasn't arrived

Jacob Sullivan and Grace Packer were convicted of raping and murdering Packer's adopted daughter Grace in 2016. Packer is serving a life sentence, while Sullivan died in prison.
Jacob Sullivan and Grace Packer were convicted of raping and murdering Packer's adopted daughter Grace in 2016. Packer is serving a life sentence, while Sullivan died in prison. Photo credit Bucks County District Attorney's Office
By KYW Newsradio

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Four and a half years after a teenage girl was brutally murdered by her adoptive mother and her boyfriend, a pair of state lawmakers are wondering why a report from the Inspector General's office is taking so long.

Grace Packer was 14 when she was raped and murdered by Sara Packer, and her mother's boyfriend Jacob Sullivan, in July 2016.

Sara Packer worked for multiple county foster care offices, and a Department of Human Services death report noted her knowledge of the system helped her get away with abuse.

That DHS report came out three years ago. Republican state Reps. Craig Staats from Bucks County and Chris Quinn from Delaware County have sent a letter to the Inpsector General's office asking why its report hasn't arrived.

"We just got back, 'Yes, it's in process. We're still intending to do something with that but haven't yet,'" said Quinn.

He called the reponse "lukewarm," and said he and Staats would move forward without the Inspector General's report.

Quinn detailed two areas of focus. The first is making sure there's communication between counties.

"They've got all these walls so you try to hold information in your own county," he said. "If I move from here to Chester County, all of a sudden, I'm starting a new process?"

Quinn also said there needs to be a case history and that records are retained. He and Staats are ready to introduce legislation to patch the holes DHS said Sara Packer used to hide her conduct.

The legislator said he and Staats are picking this up since as he puts it, kids like Grace Packer don't have many people fighting for their interests.

Sara Packer is serving a life sentence, while Jacob Sullivan died in prison of natural causes last year.