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Man pleads guilty to murdering ex-girlfriend in Outer Banks

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Nathan Summerfield

DARE COUNTY, N.C. — A man has admitted to killing his ex-girlfriend while they were vacationing with her children in the Outer Banks.

Nathan Summerfield, 29, of Ashland, Ohio, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lynn Jackenheimer, according to the Outer Banks Voice. He also pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree kidnapping.

Summerfield was sentenced to serve between 30 to 39 years in prison.

Jackenheimer, 33, also of Ashland, Ohio, disappeared while she, her two children and Summerfield were vacationing in Salvo on Hatteras Island over the July 4 weekend in 2012.

A construction worker discovered her body on July 14, 2012, in a trash bag in Frisco. An autopsy showed she had been strangled and stabbed.

Summerfield reportedly returned to Ohio with the woman’s two children — ages 3 and 13 — and dropped them off with family members. The 3-year-old was also Summerfield’s son, while the 13-year-old was Jackenheimer’s daughter from a prior relationship.

U.S. Marshals took Summerfield into custody in a motel in Ohio on August 2012.