Ohio man pleads guilty in girlfriend's OBX murder

An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in connection with the murder of his girlfriend during an Outer Banks vacation two years ago.

WAVY-TV reports Nate Summerfield pled guilty to second degree murder and first and second degree kidnapping of Lynn Jackenheimer.

Dare County investigators said in July of 2012, Summerfield, his on and off again girlfriend Jackenheimer, and her two children were vacationing near the Salvo area.

Summerfield's brother has told authorities that Summerfield said he strangled the woman.

Authorities said Summerfield dropped Jackenheimer's children off with family after the murder, then took off in an effort to evade police.

Soon after the murder, a man spotted a trash bag near Frisco and reported it. Deputies later confirmed it contained the body of Jackenheimer, who had been strangled and stabbed.


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There could be some resolution for one family in court Monday as an Ohio man faces a judge, accused of strangling his girlfriend and leaving her body along the Outer Banks on the Fourth of July weekend two years ago.

Dare County investigators said in July of 2012, Nate Summerfield, his on and off again girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer, and her two children were vacationing near the Salvo area.

Summerfield's brother has told authorities that Summerfield said he strangled the woman.

Authorities said Summerfield dropped Jackenheimer's children off with family after the murder, then took off in an effort to evade police.

Soon after the alleged murder, a man spotted a trash bag near Frisco and reported it. Deputies later confirmed it contained the body of Jackenheimer, who had been strangled and stabbed.

In 2012, Summerfield was indicted by a Dare County grand jury for murder.

Deputies said at 10am Monday, Summerfield goes back to court.

Our Norfolk affiliate, WAVY, reports a source close to the case expects a plea deal.

We will keep you posted on what happens next in court.


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A grand jury in Dare County indicted an Ohio man accused of murdering his girlfriend on the Outer Banks this summer.

Nate Summerfield, 27, is accused of the murder of 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer. Her body was found in Frisco about 20 miles away from where she was last seen in July.

After a multi-state manhunt, Summerfield was arrested in Ohio in August and extradited to Dare County.

The grand jury indicted Summerfield on a first degree murder charge. He remains behind bars without bond.


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The man accused of killing his on-again, off-again girlfriend while they vacationed on the Outer Banks went before a Dare County judge Tuesday morning.

Nate Summerfield was brought back to North Carolina this weekend after his arrest last week in Ohio.

The Ohio man had been on the run since Lynn Jackenheimer's body was found in Frisco on July 14th. During a court hearing in Medina, Ohio the man voluntarily agreed to return to Dare County to face charges.

During the brief first appearance, Judge Edgar Barnes appointed a public defender to represent Summerfield. He remains in the Dare County jail without bond.

Dare County expects his case to go before a grand jury on September 10th.


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An Ohio man who is accused of killing his on-again, off-again girl friend on the Outer Banks is now in the Dare County Detention Center charged with murder.

Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard said Nathan Summerfield was transported from Ohio by Dare County deputies late Friday and was served with a warrant charging him with the murder of Lynn Jackenheimer.

Summerfield was booked into the Dare County Detention Center at 2:31 a.m. Saturday. He is in jail under no bond.

Officials say his first court appearance in Dare County will be sometime this upcoming week.


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An Ohio man who is accused of killing his on-again, off-again girl friend on the Outer Banks has returned to North Carolina.

Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard confirmed Saturday morning that Nate Summerfield is back in Dare County.

Nate Summerfield appeared before a judge Friday morning in Medina County, Ohio, just two days after being captured. He voluntarily waived extradition back to North Carolina.

Summerfield is wanted for the murder of Lynn Jackenheimer. She was last seen July 4th while vacationing with her family on Hatteras Island. Her body was found 11 days later in Frisco.

The hearing lasted just a few moments. Summerfield was dressed in a red jail jump suit, and was handcuffed when brought into the courthouse.

Dare County deputies say Summerfield will be returned late tonight or early tomorrow morning by their officers.

They expect his case to go before a grand jury on September 10th.


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The man arrested in Ohio for the murder of his former girlfriend while she was vacationing on the Outer Banks will go before a judge tomorrow.

Nate Summerfield was captured yesterday in Medina County, Ohio by the U.S. Marshal Service. He was the subject of a nationwide manhunt for the murder of Lynn Jackenheimer on Hatteras Island on July 4th. The woman, Summerfield and her two children were vacationing on OBX, but never returned with the family later in the week. Her body was found more than a week later in Frisco.

Summerfield is scheduled for an extradition hearing Friday in Medina Common Pleas Court. The man is expected to tell Ohio authorities whether he will voluntarily come back to North Carolina to face the murder charge.

If he waives extradition, Dare County says Summerfield could be returned rather quickly. They expect his case to go before a grand jury on September 10th.


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A man wanted for killing a woman vacationing on the Outer Banks has been captured in Ohio.

Dare County deputies confirm that Nate Summerfield was captured in Medina, about 30 miles north of Ashland. The U.S. Marshal Service says the man was found around 9:30 a.m. in a motel where he had checked in under a false name. They say Summerfield was not armed and did not offer any resistance.

The 27-year-old was wanted for the murder of his on-and-off again girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer.

Jackenheimer was last seen July 4th on Hatteras Island while vacationing with Summerfield and her two children. The woman's family says Summerfield returned later that week to Ohio without the woman.

Police say he called his brother on July 8th and told him he has strangled the woman.

Her body was found July 14th in Frisco, about 20 miles away. An autopsy showed she had been strangled and stabbed.


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