Weather slows down search for missing Ashland mother

10:56 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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HATTERAS ISLAND -- The search for a missing Ashland mother has been suspended due to bad weather.

Searchers, including police and Lynn Jackenheimer's friends and family members are waiting for the weather to clear to resume their efforts.

The group has been searching Hatteras Island in an effort to locate Jackenheimer. She's been missing for 10 days now.

"The forecast got really bad," Dare County sheriff's Maj. Norman Johnson said. "They're predicting heavy rain."


Johnson said searchers managed to cover a lot of ground before the rains came. They conducted searches by ground, air and boat.


"There's a lot of little canals (on Hatteras Island)," Johnson said of the decision to search by boat. "It makes it easier."

Jackenheimer's estranged boyfriend returned from a vacation trip to the Outer Banks with Jackenheimer's two children on July 8 but not her.  The children were left with a relative and then the boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield, dropped out of sight.

Police suspect foul play due to incriminating statements Summerfield made to his brother. He is being considered a person of interest in her disappearance.

On July 12, a group of Jackenheimer's family and friends arrived on the Outer Banks to help police in their search.  More people arrived today to bolster the effort.

They have been able to cross off four areas where police suspect they may find Jackenheimer. According to search warrants released, police suspect Jackenheimer's body is buried on Hatteras Island.  

Ashland area businesses have raised more than $7,000 for information leading to the discovery of Jackenheimer.

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