Authorities in North Carolina will not seek the death penalty for Nate Summerfield, the Ashland man accused of killing his girlfriend Lynn Jackenheimer last year.
FRISCO, N.C. - Officials in North Carolina confirm the body found July 14 by a construction worker in Frisco is Ashland mom Lynn Jackenheimer.
Her body was found around 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Frisco Road and Gun on Highway 12, about 30 minutes from where she was last seen.
The 33-year-old woman disappeared after going on vacation July 3 with her estranged boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, 27, their 3-year-old son, and Jackenheimer's 13-year-old daughter, to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
The Dare County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for Summerfield late Monday afternoon. He hasn't been seen since he dropped off the two kids in Ashland on July 8.
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"I hate to say it this way, but I'm glad it's over with. We can at least bring Lynn back home now," said Raymond Johnson, Jackenheimer's father.
Johnson said his son was searching the area Saturday where Jackenheimer's body was found, but never stumbled upon it.
"I think that God didn't want (Lynn) to be discovered until her mother came here," he said. Lora Johnson was searching a Super 8 Motel in Richmond before arriving to the Outer Banks.
Lora wrote a message on a balloon to her daughter and "sent it up to Heaven."
"My wife is so tore up about it that we don't know what to say anymore," Johnson said. "My wife said she feels like she's already been at the funeral."
Friends and family members still want answers, and have said they will continue searching for Summerfield. A Facebook page has been set up in hopes tips will be left that lead to the whereabouts of Summerfield.
"It's about time for a manhunt for his ass. (Nate) needs to face justice," said Raymond Johnson.
Ashland residents are shaken up by the news. "I didn't know the people well. I feel sorry for the family and the children and now they don't have a mother," said Tresses Cole.
"As a mother, it kind of tears you up. What are her parents going through? The children?" said Jan Christian.
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