Lynn Jackenheimer was last seen alive leaving for a vacation with her on-again-off-again boyfriend Nate Summerfield. Summerfield returned to their hometown of Ashland, Ohio days later without the woman to drop their children off at his parents' home. He then admitted to his brother that he had strangled Lynn before leaving. The search spanned about a week before someone discovered the decomposing remains of the 33-year-old mother in North Carolina. She had been more than just strangled. She had also been stabbed. This creates more questions in an already mysterious case, and it doesn't feel like the answers are in easy reach.
Why did Nate Summerfield only tell his brother that he had strangled Lynn Jackenheimer? It seems strange that he'd omit the fact that the Ashland, Ohio mother was stabbed. In fact, it seems like that would be the most vital bit of information for someone to reveal since he was confiding in a family member about the murder. While the strangulation of his estranged girlfriend didn't come as a surprise, the stabbing is indeed surprising. This indicates that he was in a rage. It also indicates, to an extent, that he was trying to make damn sure she was dead. That in and of itself doesn't appear to be an act of passion that one would regret later. The level of fury and violence involved in both stabbing and strangling someone you're supposed to love is really hard to imagine, but it certainly doesn't seem like this was some off-the-cuff reaction during a fight. It seems like this was a lot of pent-up rage and anger that finally came uncorked without regret.
If Nate Summerfield had any regret in this, the coward would turn himself in to authorities immediately.
Instead, he dropped the children off at his parents' and ran off to hide somewhere. He's since been spotted in Columbus and Marblehead as recently as this week. One would think this man would have nowhere to hide, but it's apparent that he's been resourceful during this disappearance and murder case. Cowards like this eventually take their own lives to avoid arrest like Josh Powell -- whose wife Susan Cox Powell still hasn't been found. In fact, it's more understandable that this guy is dead rather than being spotted throughout Ohio. Nonetheless, these seem to be credible sightings, which is disturbing. It's disturbing that he is staying on the run without seeming to have a care in the world.
Did he intend on killing Lynn Jackenheimer? Did he plan this? Does he feel even an ounce of guilt? Will he ever be found?
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