HATTERAS ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA -- The search for an Ashland missing mother of two has intensified.
Family members and friends traveled to North Carolina's Outer Banks to help in the search.
They drove 12-hours through the night to reach the search area helping law enforcement scour the dunes and rugged terrain for any sign of Lynn Jackenheimer.
Lynn's stepfather spoke emotionally to WKYC's Dave Summers who traveled to North Carolina as well.
"Hopefully we find her and take her back home that's all I'm here for," said Ray Johnson.
The group is on Hatteras Island searching for clues.
Jackenheimer vacationed in the OuterBanks last week with her two children and estranged boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield. He returned home on July 8 with the children but there's been no sign of Lynn.
Law enforcement officers say Summerfield made incriminating statements to his brother about strangling Lynn. Summerfield has not been seen since the weekend. He is being treated as a missing person and a person of interest in Lynn's disappearance.
Jackenheimer was last heard from July 3.
Search warrants reveal investigators suspect she was buried somewhere in the Hatteras Island dunes.
"We're going to do whatever it takes until we come to the conclusion that we find answers some way some how," said friend Rhiannon Burkhart.
The group is trying to recruit other volunteer searchers from the vacation community with flyers and T-shirt asking them to share their hope of finding Lynn. Three vacationers went to the command center to help as a result.
A realty company is putting the family up in a beach house for the next week-and-a-half to help.
Back in Ashland, businesses have put together a reward of $7,000 for information leading to Lynn's whereabouts.