Suspect in Woman’s Disappearance Has History of Violence Against Her
ASHLAND, Ohio — A search of the criminal history of Nathan Summerfield reveals a disturbing domestic violence incident in 2009 involving his on-and-off girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer.
Summerfield is a suspect in Jackenheimer’s disappearance after she never returned from a vacation in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Police have been searching for Summerfield since Sunday.
In December of 2009 an arrest warrant was issued for Summerfield out of the city of Ashland on a domestic violence charge. The act of violence was committed against Jackenheimer.
Fox 8 News’ Dave Nethers reports that according to the warrant, Jackenheimer was grabbed by Summerfield and choked.
The warrant states he pinned Jackenheimer to a kitchen table by her throat.
Nethers reports that according to the warrant, Summerfield then dragged her into the hallway by her neck.
The warrant also states that at a point earlier in 2009 Summerfield had locked Jackenheimer out of the couple’s residence during an argument. She was locked out of the home while wearing no clothes, according to the warrant.
Summerfield was found guilty of the domestic violence charge and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. All 60 of the days were suspended, according to Ashland Municipal Court records. He was sentenced to one year of probation in connection to the crime.
Ashland County Sheriff’s deputies say Jackenheimer disappeared during the North Carolina trip with Summerfield, who she had been dating for over six-years, the couple’s 3-year-old son and her 13-year-old daughter.
Summerfield 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.
Investigators say Jackenheimer’s family had not heard from her since July 4th, but nothing seemed unusual at the time.
Investigators are looking for Summerfield’s vehicle. It’s a 2009 dark metallic gray Honda Civic. The Ohio license plate is FMV 7540.