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Sheriff: Autopsy needed to ID body found at Outer Banks

Posted July 15, 2012
Updated July 16, 2012

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— The sheriff heading the investigation into a body found on North Carolina's Outer Banks says detectives need help from medical examiners to determine if the corpse is that of a missing Ohio woman.

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said that an autopsy would be done by Tuesday, a step he says is needed to identify the body found about 20 to 30 miles from where 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer, of Ashland, Ohio, disappeared.

Sheriff's investigators were unable to identify the gender of the body.

Capt. Charles Nieman, with the Dare County Sheriff's Office, said the body was found Saturday in the Frisco area after a 911 call about a "suspicious condition" around 4:30 p.m. 

Jackenheimer went to Hatteras Island last week with her on-and-off boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, her 13-year-old daughter and their 3-year-old son but didn't return with them. Authorities said that Summerfield brought the children to the Ashland, Ohio, area and left them with his family before disappearing himself.

His brother called 911 and told police that Summerfield told him he strangled Jackenheimer. Authorities have named Summerfield a person of interest in the case.


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  • Dirty_Water Jul 16, 2012

    Bodies have a sex. People have a gender. Nobody can identify the gender of a deceased person now that we have LGBT persons. Heck, you can't always get the gender of a living person right. Come on, WRAL, they could not identify the SEX of the body. It's not a dirty word.

  • orangemoonlite Jul 16, 2012

    @Obamanation...a previous article stated that the 13-yo is autistic and cannot communicate all that well. She did say that she had last seen her mom "the day before the fireworks". Prayers for the families...

  • warbirdlover Jul 16, 2012

    So right you are Scubagirl. Why can't people let go. I love my wife deeply, but I'm not gonna ruin my kids life, my life, her life, if she would happen to tell me to hit the road.

  • Obamanation Jul 16, 2012

    Have they not interveiwed the 13 year old? I have to think she's old enough to realize what happened here.

  • not my real name Jul 16, 2012

    I'd imagine there wouldn't be much to identify after all this time in the heat. Why did he do this? I hope the kids didn't see him do it. It's bad enough they have lost thier mom.

  • Scubagirl Jul 16, 2012

    such a sad story.....why can't folks just break up or get a divorce. Killing isn't necessary....