Reward Increases in Missing Ashland Woman Case

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ASHLAND, Ohio -- The search for a missing Ashland mother is scheduled to resume in North Carolina on Thursday morning.

Dare County sheriff's deputies are expected to fan out near the area where Lynn Jackenheimer and her family were visiting. In the meantime, loved ones in Ashland, Ohio, are putting up purple ribbons at area businesses.

“We’re not giving up hope, and purple is the color of domestic violence,” said friend and employer Dean Emmons.

On Sunday, Jackenheimer’s on-again-off-again boyfriend returned to Ashland with her two kids and then vanished. Deputies say he withdrew money from an ATM and ditched his cell phone. According to court records, Summerfield has a violent past.

“I know he had done things to her in the past. He had hurt her in more ways than one,” said Jackenheimer’s good friend and co-worker Alex Taylor. “If I really thought she was in danger, we wouldn’t have let her go.”

Taylor says just a few days before she left for the beach, Jackenheimer expressed some hesitation.

“I do know at one point she told Nate she was thinking about not going. He got quite upset about that and then the trip was back on,” said Taylor.

Taylor says she was the last person Jackenheimer called on the night of July 3.

“They were actually about to leave the condo to go 'ghost-crab' hunting that evening, about 11:30 p.m. they were going. She wasn’t her normal 'Lynn-self.'  She didn’t sound distressed; she didn’t make me think that there was any reason to be concerned.”

Lynn’s boss at the Beer Barrel Drive-Thru said she is a hard-working woman who adored her two kids.

“She was a big town city girl living in a small town. She was very bubbly, very energetic,” said Emmons.

Emmons donated $1,000 of his own money toward a reward fund. Through other donations, he’s now collected nearly $4,000.

“Hopefully, it’s a reward we can give to Lynn when she calls me and tells me where she’s at, but if not it will be divided up for an education account for her kids,” said Emmons.

Those interested in donating to the reward fund may do so by dropping of contributions at Goodfella's Pizza, or Beer Barrel Drive-Thru in Ashland. In addition to monetary donations, gas cards are being accepted to help raise money for the Jackenheimer family to get to North Carolina, a family friend told Fox 8 News.

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