July 15, 2012

UPDATE: No identification yet on body found in Frisco


Dare County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. W. Charles Nieman said today that the office was still waiting for the results of an autopsy to be performed on a body that was discovered Saturday afternoon in Frisco.

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.

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.

Law enforcement officials are not speculating on the identity of the body, but it could be that of Lynne Jackenheimer, 33, of Ashland, Ohio, who was last heard from about July 4 when she and her two children were vacationing in Salvo with her ex-boyfriend, Nate Summerfield.

Summerfield returned to Ohio last weekend, dropped the children off with their grandparents, and then disappeared.  Police are also searching for him.

According to published reports, Summerfield called his brother to tell him he had strangled Jackenheimer and disposed of her body. The brother called Ohio law enforcement authorities, who then contacted the Dare Sheriff’s Office.

Dare County deputies, with the help of other law enforcement agencies, conducted extensive searches last week in the Salvo area, about 25 miles north of where the body was found in Frisco.

Several members of Jackenheimer’s family and some friends came to Hatteras last week to participate in the search.

Today, the law enforcement officials were gone from the scene where the body was discovered yesterday, but several television trucks and reporters were there, hoping to get interviews with the curious who stopped by.

A bouquet of orange day lilies lay near the spot where the body was found in the Village at Salt Creek subdivision, a secluded and mostly undeveloped area in Frisco.

There is one house on the corner of Highway 12 and the subdivision’s main road, which is short and ends in a cul-de-sac. The lots are deep and wooded and extend back to the Pamlico Sound, but the body was discovered just feet off the road on the cul-de-sac.

Nieman said the sheriff’s office received a call from a person who was parked on the empty street doing paperwork.

“Something caught their attention,” Nieman said.

When deputies responded, they found a decomposing body.

Nieman said that Jackenheimer’s family members were still on the island late last night and he presumed they were today, though he had not talked with them.

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