Missing Ashland Mom Case: Waiting for ID on NC Body

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By Autumn Ziemba

DARE COUNTY, North Carolina — It could be another 24 to 48 hours before investigators know if a body found in Frisco, North Carolina is that of missing Ashland mother Lynn Jackenheimer.

It has been an agonizing ten days for those who know and love the 33-year-old mother of two.

Sunday afternoon on The Shawn Ireland Radio Show in Columbus, Jackenheimer's mother and sister spoke about the tremendous pain of the unknown.  The two have been part of a massive search effort in Dare County.

"We were searching parks and digging mulch, and that's one thing that you just don't think of when having your children--that one day you'll be digging to find them.  And that's probably the worst thing that I've ever done in my life," Lora Johnson told the radio show.

Jackenheimer disappeared while on a family vacation in the Outer Banks with her estranged boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield, 27.

Summerfield returned to Ashland with the two children on July 8th, and reportedly told his brother that he strangled Jackenheimer and disposed of her body.

According to the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, investigators discovered a body Saturday afternoon beneath small trees and brush, about 10 to 20 yards from a cul-de-sac in the city of Frisco.  The area is about 25 miles from where Jackenheimer went missing.

Captain Charles Nieman with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office says a person doing paperwork in a parked car noticed something odd, either by sight or smell, just off the road, and got out of the car to investigate.  That person then called police.

“That neighborhood is actually a water access community. There is a dock that leads out to the sound. That dock to where the body was found is about 30 yards," Capt. Nieman explained.

Nieman said that because of the position of the body, they could not determine if it was a man or a woman.  He also said there is one vacant house on the street, which is not known to be connected to the investigation.

An autopsy on the body is scheduled for Tuesday morning, but could happen as early as Monday.

"It's another day of waiting, but at least we maybe have answers now.  Every day we wake up and pray for answers,” Lora Johnson told The Shawn Ireland Show, “At least we have something now."

Jackenheimer’s sister told the radio show that the family has not been permitted to see the body.

"We are unable to identify the body for them, so we're just waiting for everything,” Tasha Johnson said, “if we are able to identify it, if need be."

The search for Jackenheimer was suspended Friday because of heavy rain, and has not resumed. Capt. Nieman says for the time being, everything is in a holding pattern.

Nathan Summerfield was last seen driving a dark grey metallic 2009 Honda Civic.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police.

A fund has been set up in support of Jackenheimer's two children. People can donate to the Lynn A. Jackenheimer Family Trust Fund at any Chase Bank branch.

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