CLEVELAND -- The manhunt for a suspected killer is intensifying as U.S. Marshals have joined the search for a man wanted for killing his estranged girlfriend during a vacation in North Carolina.
Nate Summerfield, 27, was allegedly spotted by a woman around 10 p.m. Tuesday night at the Eastpoint Ridge Apartment Community in Columbus.
"The guy that was around it was acting a little weird. He was ducked down to the car next to it, messing with the license plate," said U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott, with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, called police, claiming she was certain it was Summerfield in the parking lot.
"Upon further taking a look at things, I noticed that the first three numbers of the (license tag) caught my eye as to what I had seen on Facebook," the woman said.
Summerfield is considered to be armed and dangerous, accused of stabbing and strangling 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer during a vacation with their 3-year-old son, and Jackenheimer's 13-year-old daughter on North Carolina's Outer Banks during the July Fourth holiday.
Jackenheimer's body was found over the weekend, but there's been no sign on Summerfield until the call Tuesday night.
Elliott says officials believe Summerfield is in the same car with the same stolen license plates. He says all leads are being explored.
"We take every tip serious. We are pursuing him. We're gonna close his world down a little bit. Within the next hour, we're gonna have billboards up throughout the United States," Elliott said. "The best thing he can do is come into a police department or sheriff's department or marshal's office and surrender. Let's end this, and let's end it now."
Summerfield was last seen driving a grey or silver 2009, four-door Honda Civic, with license plate tag FMV 7540.
An $8,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information regarding his whereabouts.