Missing Ohio mother spotted in Richmond before disappearance

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jul 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-14 16:38:19-04

[ooyala code=”FweXJkNTotPr-9SUzXzFaMOfNXtZRELG”]RICHMOND, Va (WTVR)- The search for a missing mom in the Outer Banks has been suspended indefinitely, but the investigation continues.  That includes here in Richmond where investigators are digging up facts about where Lynn Jackenheimer and her ex-boyfriend Nathan Summerfield stayed before and after the beach trip.

The search for Jackenheimer, a  mother of two from Ohio, is now a week-old.  But with North Carolina authorities suspending the search, her family is preparing for bad news.  They fear the confession police say Nathan Summerfield made to his brother is most likely true.

“He told his brother he had strangled her and dumped her on the side of the road under some brush,” said her stepfather Raymond Johnson.

Jackenheimer and Summerfield, along with her two children, made their way to the Outer Banks for the Fourth of July.   Prior to July 3rd, a hotel worker at a Super 8 off Williamsburg Road says she checked Jackenheimer into a room but never saw her ex- or the kids.

A waitress at a Pizza Hut two doors down told me she loaned Summerfield four bucks for gas.  He had promised to pay her back, but vanished without a trace.

Police say Summerfield checked in at another Super 8 off Chamberlayne Road on July 7th, but Jackenheimer wasn’t with him this time.  Hours later the search was initiated in the North Carolina.

“We hope we can find Lynn before it’s too late,” said her stepfather.  “This way we are down here and can head back home with her.”

But with no traces uncovered Friday, the Dare County Sheriff’s Department called off the search.

“We’ve suspended it indefinitely,” said Major Norman Johnson.  “Unless something comes up, we probably won’t search again.”

Summerfield dropped Jackenheimer’s two children off in Ohio before he disappeared.  Police ask if you’ve seen him or seen a 2009 gray Honda Civic with Ohio tag FMV-7540 to call your local police.