Search continues for woman who disappeared in Outer Banks

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jul 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-12 18:13:04-04

SALVO, North Carolina (WTVR) - The family of an Ohio woman who went missing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina joined in the search to find her Thursday.

Lynn Jackenheimer's family members, who traveled from Ashland, Ohio to Salvo, North Carolina, donned shirts reading "Hope for Lynn" Thursday.

Jackenheimer disappeared after a Fourth of July trip to the Outer Banks with her two children and her ex-boyfriend, Nate Summerfield.

WTKR's Marie Coronel reported that crews and volunteers spent much of the day canvassing a grassy area a few blocks away from a rental house where the couple stayed.

Dare County Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard said that area was chosen because of the woods nearby the rental house. 

Police are also still looking for Summerfield, who also disappeared after dropping the kids off with family members in Ohio.

Authorities only clue is a 911 call from his Summerfield's brother expressing his concern for Jackenheimer's safety.

"I wanted to report a possible murder...," Summerfield's brother told a 911 dispatcher. "My brother was in North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend and he came back and said he strangled her."

However, without having much to go on in Ohio, deputies are asking residents in Salvo to come forward with info, since the couple visited the area before.

"You know how when you go on a vacation, sometimes you go to a favorite restaurant or you meet people… That's what we are looking for," said Hoggard.

In the meantime, Jackenheimer's family is holding onto hope that she will be found safe.