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Sheriff: Autopsy needed to ID body found at Outer Banks

Posted July 15, 2012 2:01 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2012 9:51 a.m. EDT

— 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.