ID of body found in Frisco awaiting autopsy
In a statement, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office said investigators found the body after receiving a call about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The discovery comes after a weeklong search on Hatteras Island for Lynn Jackenheimer was suspended Friday.
Irene Nolan of the Island Free Press reported that the body was found in a bag in the Village at Salt Creek, a secluded subdivision on the soundside of Hatteras Island between Frisco Rod and Gun and the Quarterdeck Restaurant.
Authorities have been searching for Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, of Ashland, Ohio. She disappeared sometime around July 4 while she and her former boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, were vacationing with her two children in Salvo, about a half hour north of the area where the body was found.
The Free Press reported Sunday that Dare County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. W. Charles Nieman said the office was still waiting for the results of an autopsy to be performed.Nieman said the body is in Greenville, N.C., for the autopsy and the Sheriff’s office didn’t plan to release any more information until there is an identification of the corpse, according to the Free Press.
Currently, he said, the autopsy is planned for late Monday or early Tuesday, but Sheriff Doug Doughtie is hoping he can get that schedule accelerated.
The Sheriff’s Office suspended its search Friday on Hatteras Island due to weather conditions.
But nine of Lynn Jackenheimer’s acquaintances, including her step-father, sister and brother, said they would not give up and would continue their own search.
After members of several law enforcement agencies spent much of Thursday morning looking around the Hatteras Colony neighborhood of Salvo, Jackenheimer’s family and friends joined officers to scour the Salvo Day Use Area.
Plans were made to investigate more areas Friday, including the use boats of to look at soundside shoreline areas of northern Hatteras Island. However, the threat of thunderstorms scrapped all plans for searching by law enforcement.
A vacation rental company is providing Jackenheimer’s family and friends with free housing on Hatteras Island for as long as they wish to stay.
Jackenheimer, who was last heard from by telephone in the early morning hours July 4.
Nate Summerfield, 27, who was staying during the week of Independence Day at a rental on Cutlass Lane with Jackenheimer, their 3-year-old son, and her 13-year-old daughter, has not been seen since July 8 in Ohio when he dropped off the children with their grandparents.
Summerfield allegedly told a family member he had strangled Jackenheimer and buried her in North Carolina, which led Summerfield’s brother to call police.
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