An Ashland man is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the strangulation and stabbing death of a young mother.
Dare County, N.C., officials positively identified a body found earlier this week as that of Lynn Jackenheimer.
Medical examiners in Greenville, N.C., finished an autopsy on Tuesday and ruled that the cause of Jackenheimer’s death was strangulation and stabbing.
Jackenheimer disappeared more than a week ago after vacationing with her ex-boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, 27, in Nags Head, N.C.
Dare County officials said on Tuesday that a nationwide search began for Summerfield, 27. Officials said that the man’s information was entered into the FBI’s national crime database, and Summerfield is listed as a nationally wanted person.
The U.S. Marshals’ Violent Fugitive Task Force also was joining the search. Marshals were offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of Summerfield.
Jackenheimer's body was found in a bag about 30 minutes from where Jackenheimer was last seen vacationing with Summerfield, their son and her 13-year-old daughter.
Summerfield drove the children back to Ashland and dropped them off with a family member, who he allegedly told that he killed Jackenheimer.
With the help of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, deputies spent three to four hours flying over Ashland County on Tuesday in hopes of spotting Summerfield.
Jackenheimer’s stepfather, Raymond Johnson, said that Jackenheimer’s children were not aware that their mother was dead.
“Then we found her, it was like digging up a bag of trash – that’s how he threw her away like a bag of garbage,” Johnson said.
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