While several sightings remain unconfirmed, local deputies said Tuesday morning reports of Ohio police finding the murder suspect were false.
"A police department in Ohio was on a high-speed chase wit ha suspect overnight, said Dare County Chief Deputy, Steve Hoggard." "There was suspicion that may have been Nate Summerfield, but upon further investigation, it was not him."
Deputy Hoggard added it was likely eager, social media communications that spun the story beyond the present facts.
Police and Deputies in Ohio, Dare County, and even federal agents continue their nationwide manhunt for Nate Summerfield. The 27-year-old is wanted for the murder of his on-and-off again girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer. Warrants read that Summerfield killed the woman on July 4. He has not been seen since he dropped off the woman's two children with family after returning from vacation.
Summerfield's brother called 911 and said the man called him and said he strangled Jackenheimer. That call was made on July 8.
Our sister station in the Columbus, Ohio area reports the Coshocton County Sheriff's office says they are unable to confirm whether the suspect arrested in a high speed chase Monday is Ashland County murder suspect Nate Summerfield. Summefield is accused of killing his on and off girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer in the Outer Banks during the July 4th holiday. Her body was discovered in Dare County July 14th and she was buried Monday in Ohio.
When NBC4 first contacted the sheriff's office, dispatchers confirmed that Summerfield had been apprehended in Coshocton County in the area of state Route 36 and Township Road 105 after a high speed chase.
In follow-up phone calls, dispatchers then told NBC4 the arrest of Summerfield had not been confirmed.