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Dare County Search For Missing Ohio Mom Suspended

Authorities say they have suspended the search for a missing Ohio mother on the Outer Banks.

Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland, Ohio was last seen on Hatteras Island July 3rd. She was vacationing with her boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, and her two children.

Jackenheimer didn't return to Ohio with them. Summerfield's brother called police to say Summerfield told him he strangled the woman.

The woman's family arrived in Salvo Thursday to help in the search. It was supposed to resume again this morning, but now has been put on hold. Major Norman Johnson says the search has been suspended due to weather and "information coming in at this time." Johnson would not elaborate on what that information was.

Summerfield is a person of interest in the case. Deputies say the last they had heard from Summerfield was that he checked in a hotel in Richmond on Saturday.


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The family of a missing Ohio mother joined in the search today for her on Hatteras Island.

Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland, Ohio was last seen on the island July 3rd. She was vacationing with her boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, and her two children.

Jackenheimer didn't return to Ohio with them. Summerfield's brother called police to say Summerfield told him he strangled the woman.

The boyfriend is now a person of interest in the case. Deputies say the last they had heard from Summerfield was that he checked in a hotel in Richmond on Saturday.

Today authorities in Dare County are conducting an intensive search for the woman on the island. About 20 officers from the Dare County Sheriff's Office, the National Park Service, Nags Head police and Kill Devil Hills police will search areas of interest. "We have no specific information regarding anything, we've just developed these areas through the work of our investigators looking at maps," Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard told WITN.



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Businesses in the hometown of an Ohio woman who disappeared during an Outer Banks vacation are offering more than $7,000 in rewards for information about the whereabouts of the woman or her boyfriend.

Authorities say 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland went to Hatteras Island last week with her boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, and her two children but didn't return with them. Summerfield's brother called police to say Summerfield told him he strangled the woman.

Police said Summerfield returned his girlfriend's children to Ohio and left them with his family.

Jackenheimer has been missing since July 4. Police are looking for Summerfield, who's described as a person of interest.

The Ashland Times-Gazette reports Jackenheimer's employer and other businesses have pledged rewards in an effort to get information.

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Deputies in Dare County are now looking for possible local friends of an Ohio couple who vacationed on the Outer Banks.

Lynn Jackenheimer was last seen late on July 3rd in Salvo. Authorities say her boyfriend, 27-year-old nathan Summerfield, returned her two children to Ashland, Ohio and then hasn't been seen since.

Detectives with the Ashland County Sheriff's Office said they got a call from one of Summerfield's brothers, who said the 27-year-old told his family he had strangled his girlfriend and buried her under brush.

Dare County deputies say they've learned the couple had been visitors to OBX on previous occasions. They are looking for local residents who may have had a friendship or other contact with the missing couple.

Deputies say their searches yesterday for Jackenheimer were not successful. Anyone who has had any contact with the couple is asked to call Dare County deputies at 252-475-5980.


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Deputies in Ashland, Ohio have asked for help from both the Dare County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to find a mother who never returned from vacation on the Outer Banks.

Deputies say 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer, her boyfriend, 27-year-old Nathan Summerfield, and two children were visiting the Outer Banks for the Fourth of July. This week, Summerfield returned to their Ohio hometown, and dropped of the children with family, and has not been seen or heard from since July 8th.

Detectives with the Ashland County Sheriff's Office said they got a call from one of Summerfield's brothers, who said the 27-year-old told his family he had strangled his girlfriend and buried her under brush.

"At this point, we've got missing persons, we don't have a crime," said Captain Carl Richert of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies are searching by land and by air for the missing woman in Dare County. The 33-year-old mother of two was last seen in the Salvo area around midnight on July 3rd.

While deputies are searching Hatteras Island for the mother, deputies in Ohio are keeping an eye out for Summerfield's 2009 Honda Civic, Ohio tags: FMV 7540.

Deputies in Ohio said the couple has been in an on and off relationship for years, and they do have a history of domestic violence.


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