ASHLAND, Ohio -- Friends of Lynn Jackenheimer gathered in an Ashland County park Monday afternoon to form search parties for the mother of two.
Investigators with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office say Jackenheimer went with her 3-year-old son, her 13-year-old daughter, and boyfriend Nathaniel Summerfield, 27, on a week-long vacation to Nags Head North Carolina.
On Sunday Summerfield returned to a relative’s house without Jackenheimer, dropped off the children and made a disturbing confession.
In the call to Ashland Police Summerfield’s brother told them “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 and he dropped his kid off and left."
Captain Carl Richert with the Ashland County Sheriff’s office said investigators know Summerfield stopped at an ATM after he dropped off the children, but as of Monday afternoon they were still searching for both of them.
“We are trying to do everything we can to determine if there has been a crime committed or not,” said Richert, adding “right now we don’t know for sure other than what he told a relative.”
Friends say Summerfield and Jackenheimer had an on-again off-again relationship that had at times become violent. However, they said Jackenheimer would never have taken the children on the vacation if she felt they were in any danger. They also say Summerfield, who was the father of the 3-year-old boy, would never have done anything to harm the children.
“I just want him to turn himself in and let us know where Lynn is so we can get her home to her little boy and her little girl, they need their mom,” said Naomi Jackson.
“We’re just really worried right now, we just want to find Lynn, that’s our main priority,” added Jackson.
Investigators in Ashland County were questioning the two children on Monday trying to determine what they know about their missing mother.
Richert said they have every reason to believe she was left in North Carolina but her friends in Ashland say they could not just sit at home and do nothing.
“I hope that she just got mad and took off,” said Richert.
“It’s really hard,” said Stacey Longdew, a close friend of Jackenheimer, “I just want her to come back home and want to be able to see her again,” she concluded.