DARE COUNTY, North Carolina -- A nationwide manhunt is underway now that authorities in Dare County, North Carolina, confirmed it was Lynn Jackenheimer’s body that was found in a remote area on Saturday afternoon.
They issued an arrest warrant for Jackenheimer's estranged boyfriend Nathan Summerfield.
Jackenheimer, 33, disappeared earlier this month after vacationing in the Outer Banks with her estranged boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield, 27. According to investigators with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department, Summerfield returned home to Ashland with her two children, ages 3 and 13, and confessed to his brother that he killed Jackenheimer. Summerfield then disappeared.
“We've put out everything we have. I mean, we've contacted family members, locations for him, right now we're in a holding pattern,” said Chief Deputy Roger Martin from Ashland County.
If caught, Summerfield will face murder charges in Dare County, where Jackenheimer’s body was found, according to Chief Deputy Martin. He said the investigation into his whereabouts is ongoing but anyone with information is being asked to call authorities.
“Oh, absolutely,” said Martin, “Just contact local law enforcement and let them do what they need to do.”
An unidentified caller contacted 911 on Saturday afternoon after finding a body in Frisco, North Carolina. The body, identified by the caller as a female, was in a wooded area off the end of a cul-de-sac with only one house.
Nearby residents, including Tami Thompson, dropped-off flowers and cards at the scene for Jackenheimer’s family.
“I just wrote that even though our family doesn't know their family, that our thoughts and prayers are with them,” said Thompson.
“It hits home and opened eyes in ways that we never thought eyes would need to be opened,” said a neighbor who lives on Summerfield’s street in Ashland. She doesn’t want to be identified, but helped decorate their neighborhood with purple ribbons in memory of Lynn.
“Do what's right, give the family the answers and closure that they so desperately want and need.”
By phone, Lynn’s stepfather told Fox 8 News her son and daughter aren’t doing well.
“That poor boy wakes-up every morning wanting mommy and when he goes to bed, he wants his mommy. Her daughter keeps asking us to go find mommy,” said Ray Johnson.
The family that had been in North Carolina during the search was expected to return to Ashland on Tuesday.
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.
Community members have created a Facebook page to locate Nathan Summerfield, called Help Find Nate Summerfield.