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Ohio woman found at Outer Banks was strangled, stabbed

Posted July 17, 2012 3:39 p.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2012 4:13 p.m. EDT

— An autopsy determined that an Ohio woman whose body was found at the Outer Banks Saturday died from strangulation and stab wounds, according to Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie.

During a press conference Tuesday, Doughtie declined to elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding Lynn Jackenheimer's death, citing the ongoing investigation.

Investigators say Jackenheimer, 33, went to Hatteras Island two weeks ago 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.

She was last seen alive July 4 at the property they rented near Salvo.

A person called 911 Saturday after discovering her body in a trash bag in Frisco, about 20 to 30 miles from where she disappeared, and realizing it could be Jackenheimer. On Monday, the medical examiner's office in Greenville positively identified the body as Jackenheimer.

Authorities then issued an arrest warrant for Summerfield on a first-degree murder charge. He was not in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities in Ashland, Ohio, said that Summerfield returned the children to his family and has not been seen since. His brother called 911 and told police that Summerfield told him he strangled Jackenheimer.