Search warrants released Wednesday indicate North Carolina law enforcement officers suspect missing Ashland mother, Lynn Jackenheimer, was strangled and buried there.
The warrants request cell phone records to help them in their investigation to locate Jackenheimer.
The mother of two did not return home from a vacation trip to the Outer Banks with her estranged boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield.
He came home to Ohio on July 8 and brought the couple's young son and Jackenheimer's 13-year-old autistic daughter to a relative's home.
Police say Summerfield confessed to strangling Jackenheimer to his brother who then called authorities. Nathan Summerfield hasn't seen since the weekend and police are treating both he and Jackenheimer as missing persons. Investigators also consider Summerfield a person of interest in the case.
Sheriff's investigators found Jackenheimer's phone in her suitcase last night. The bag had been in evidence lockup since July 8. A warrant to open the case was filed on July 10 but not yet released.
Jackenheimer's family is planning a trip to the Outer Banks to help in search efforts which are scheduled to resume in earnest on Thursday.
Businesses in Ashland have raised $7,000 for a reward in an effort to locate Jackenheimer.