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Dare 911 caller thought body could be missing Ohio woman

Posted July 16, 2012

— A person who called 911 after discovering a body Saturday on North Carolina's Outer Banks first thought the bulky trash bag contained a dead sea turtle before realizing it could be a missing Ohio woman, according to a recording released Monday.

Capt. Charles Nieman of the Dare County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the investigation, said the body was found Saturday in the Frisco area after deputies responded to a 911 call that came in about 4:30 p.m.

Detectives are waiting for confirmation from the medical examiner to determine whether the corpse is that of Lynn Jackenheimer, who disappeared last week.

"I may have found a body in a trash bag ... probably that woman missing from Ohio," the caller said.

As required by state law, the sheriff's office redacted and distorted the digital recording before releasing it to the media.

The caller said that a "really bad" smell drew attention to the bag.

"Couldn't tell what it is at first, but there's definitely a Hooters shirt," the caller said. "It was so big, I thought maybe someone killed a turtle and shoved it in there. Then I saw that shirt and I poked through as much as I could."

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 Jackenheimer, 33, of Ashland, Ohio, disappeared.

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

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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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 16, 2012

    Breaking News say it IS her.

    I pray they fry that man.

    Those poor children.

  • pja1357 Jul 16, 2012

    Dirty_Water - I think they are talking about that they are not going to disclose the gender at that time. You are not concerned that this "ex boyfriend" killed his girlfriend and then drove the kids back to Ohio you are over examining the article. I think many should realize that these reports are quickly done to give us the latest news. Ease up for goodness sake. If you can do a better job I suggest you go apply.

    Poor girl and those kids have lost their mother. This guy needs to pay the price to the fullest!!

  • Harry Bush Jul 16, 2012

    Merriam Webster and the accepted medical definition defines gender as:


    -the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

    By the primary definition of the word, WRAL is right on.

  • americaneel Jul 16, 2012

    Dirty_Water...Thank you professor

  • Dirty_Water Jul 16, 2012

    Once again WRAL insists on reporting the inability to "determine the gender of the body." A body has SEX. A person has gender. Of course they cannot determine the GENDER of a dead body, it's hard enough to do with living people. This is a common misuse of the term gender, and it's time to stop. With all the gay marriage and LGBT issues, let's learn the difference. LGBT and other variances refer to gender. Your plumbing determines your sex.