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Ohioan wanted in NC murder arrested after manhunt

Posted August 15, 2012

— A man wanted in the killing of his on-and-off girlfriend during a vacation to the Outer Banks was captured in an Ohio hotel room Wednesday morning after a month on the run from authorities.

Law enforcement officers said they surprised Nathan Summerfield, 27, when they burst into his room at the Legacy Inn and Suites in Wadsworth, Ohio, where he had checked in a day earlier under a fictitious name. Summerfield, who had grown a beard, was unarmed and did not resist during the 9:30 a.m. arrest led by the U.S. Marshal’s Office and joined by local authorities.

Summerfield is the only suspect in the death of Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, who disappeared in July while vacationing with him and her children on Hatteras Island. Her body was found about two weeks later in a vacant lot in Frisco, about 20 to 30 miles from where she had been staying.

An autopsy revealed Jackenheimer died from strangulation and stab wounds.
Since Jackenheimer’s death, law enforcement, family members and the community of Ashland, Ohio, have rallied to find Summerfield.

“In my experience in 23 years, I’ve never seen an incident that has affected the community like this has,” Ashland County Sheriff Wayne Risner said at a news conference Wednesday morning. “I’ve never seen so many people come together to give aid and comfort to the (Jackenheimer) family.”

Summerfield was held Wednesday in the Medina County Jail. He will be returned to North Carolina to face a charge of first-degree murder.

“I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad we can take the pictures down. And now the process can start in North Carolina,” Risner said. “We’ll give them assistance.”

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement that he was immediately notified of the arrest and is working with authorities to arrange the return of Summerfield.

During the news conference, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot declined to provide details about Summerfield’s capture, saying only that “a number of tips” led them to the hotel room. He also said authorities tracked Summerfield all over the country and found his car abandoned in Michigan.

"I will guarantee you and I will promise you that they were on this case every minute of every day and they did not sleep," Elliot said. "They were determined to bring justices to the family."

Risner offered support to relatives of Jackenheimer who attended the news conference.

“This is just another phase that’s beginning for you guys,” he said. “It’s going to be a process, but know this: You have a whole community behind you.”


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  • itom68 Aug 15, 2012

    Elliot lies, they slept...

    Any way

    Fry him!

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 2012

    Keyboard cat

    Ah, that must have been in a prior article because I read this and didn't see it. A restraining order means you don't see or speak to that person, either party. So whether or not he was violent with her, she and the court system thought it warranted a restraining order. Why go then? A very foolish decision that cost her her life, allegedly. Wouldn't happen with me, and hasn't but if it did that'd be his first, last and only time to lay any sort of a hand on me. I've never understood why they go back. Before anyone starts I know the reasons psychologist say, what the victims say, what the ADA is gonna say but I just don't get it other. I've often thought I don't get is because I have a tremendous about of self-love, self-esteem as well as self-respect for myself than to be a victim.

  • Moonlight Aug 15, 2012

    so according to the court of public blog - he's guilty?
    -bombayrunner according to the confession he gave to his brother and the fact he has been in hiding, he's guilty.

  • dogluv3r Aug 15, 2012

    uncw05, you are so right! So many times women will stay in an abusive relationship "for the children". I have had someone say to me, "I want them to grow up in a normal family with a Mom and a Dad." Their view of normal has become so distorted it is truly sad.

  • Keyboard cat Aug 15, 2012

    beaulah, she had a restraining order taken out against him at one point and there were reports of physical abuse in the past.

    So why did she really go on vacation with him? Hmmmm.....tough one.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 15, 2012

    public blog - he's guilty?



  • Keyboard cat Aug 15, 2012

    Boy, he really went all out on a disguise. *eye roll*

    Speaking of eyes, no way he could hide with that distinguishing lazy eye giving him away.

  • bombayrunner Aug 15, 2012

    so according to the court of public blog - he's guilty?

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 2012

    We don't actually know do we whether or not this man was violent with her prior to him taking her life do we? I am really going to upset a few here but I feel very strongly about this: The first time your partner strikes you or beats you then you are absolutely without any doubt a victim. If you stay with that partner and are struck or beaten again then you are now an accessory to a crime. Assault & Battery is a crime...right? If you see someone rob a store and do nothing, or not report it aren't an accessory to that crime? To me as far as spousal abuse, once your a victim, after that you're an accessory. My point is leave, don't stay and let them commit their crime again, and again, and again or possibly take your life or your children's lives.

  • 2alegal Aug 15, 2012

    I've been in an abusive situation before. You can bet your bottom dollar I would never go on vacation with him.