U.S. Marshals have set up camp in Ashland, which is now the hub of the nationwide hunt for a man accused of killing his girlfriend and mother of his young son.
Nate Summerfield is accused of strangling and stabbing Lynn Jackenheimer, a mother of two, while on vacation in Nags Head, N.C.
Summerfield drove back to Ashland with his son and Jackenheimer’s 13-year-old daughter and allegedly told a family member that he killed Jackenheimer. He left the children with his brother and was last seen on July 8.
Jeff Irwin with the U.S. Marshal’s Office said that his crew continuously receives Summerfield sighting tips at their war room, located inside the Ashland Police Department.
“We’ve probably gotten over 100 tips so far,” Irwin said. “The worst tip is the one not called in.”
A recent tip about Summerfield being spotted in east Columbus most likely was valid, Irwin said.
Intelligence officers and a field agent comb through tips, hoping the smallest detail could lead them to Summerfield.
“We need to keep people vigilant; we need to keep people calling in tips,” Irwin said. “Even the littlest tip, something from his past.”
The 27-year-old former high school football star has been allegedly spotted as far away as Pittsburg, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond. Investigators said that those tips were unfounded.
Investigators said that at this point, they doubted Summerfield would turn himself in.
Summerfield’s face is featured on billboards in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati and has been plastered on social media.
Facebook pages, such as one called “Help Find Nate Summerfield,” has more than 5,400 followers. It keeps constant track of the updates in the case.
Crystal Briggs, who lives near Jeromesville, said that she often learns of updates instantaneously via social media like Facebook and Twitter.
“They keep it updated,” Briggs said. “It’s very good for what’s going on, and sometimes, you hear about things before it’s on the news.”
Marshals said that it would only take one tip and one mistake on Summerfield’s part to end the nationwide manhunt.
“He’s going to steal to get some money or steal to get some food to eat or beg the wrong person to go buy a hamburger,” Irwin said. “That’s how he’s going to slip up.”
Marshals said that they believed Summerfield is still alive.
He is believed to be driving a dark gray Honda Civic with Ohio license No. FMV-7540. The car has scratches on the front driver’s side. Summerfield also is described as having a slight lisp with words with “s.”
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