ASHLAND, Ohio -- There were prayers and tears for a Northeast Ohio mother who went missing while on vacation with her boyfriend. Investigators say he admitted to killing her and is now on the run.
"Nate, if you can find it in your heart, for your son, please let him know where is mother is...that's all we ask." pleaded Tasha Johnson, the missing woman's sister.
Friends and family of Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, held a candlelight vigil Monday evening at Goodfellows Pizzeria and Sports Pub in Ashland where she is a bartender and server.
Ashland county sheriff's deputies say the mother of two's on and off boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield, 27, is a person of interest in her disappearance.
They say last week, the couple, their 3-year-old son and her 13-year-old daughter went on vacation in Nags Head, North Carolina.
He and the children returned to Ashland on Sunday, without Lynn.
"Nate shows up in Ashland County, drops the kids off at a family member's house, has a conversation with one of his relatives and he made certain statements to the relative that he had done something to her and that he needed to get out of here," said Capt. Carl Richert, with the Ashland County Sheriff's Department.
"I wanted to report a possible murder...my brother was in North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend and he came back and said he strangled her, he dropped his kid off and left," Summerfield's brother told a dispatcher in a call to 911.
"Nate, if you did what you did, let us bring her body home," said the missing woman's brother Shaun Jackenheimer.
Investigators say Lynn and Nate had a rocky relationship. They say her family hasn't heard from her since July 4th, but nothing seemed unusual at the time.
Now, local detectives are working with authorities in North Carolina to see whether a crime has been committed.
"I don't believe she's in Ashland County, I don't believe she came back from Nags Head or completely back to Ashland County at least...she's not here, she's missing, we're looking for her, we're looking for him, trying to get this straightened out the easiest way we can," Richert said.
Investigators are looking for Summerfield's vehicle. It's a 2009 dark metallic gray Honda Civic. The Ohio license plate is FMV 7540.