Nate Summerfield is now behind bars -- in the Medina County Jail -- facing extradition to North Carolina for the July 4th holiday murder of Ashland mom Lynn Jackenheimer.
U.S. Marshal Pete Eliott, at a news conference in Ashland, announced more details in the arrest of Summerfield, who'd eluded police since mid-July when Jackenheimer's body was discovered and positively identified in Dare County, North Carolina. The couple had gone to the Outer Banks on vacation with Jackenheimer's small children, who came back to Ashland with Summerfield but he took off after dropping them off.
Summerfield was taken without incident by federal and local police in Wadsworth, where he'd registered for the night at the Legacy Inn on High Street under an assumed name. Eliott said U.S. Marshals, county deputies and local police across the region worked tirelessly and followed every lead, including one that took them to Michigan where Summerfield's car was found.
It has been a dedicated search across every spectrum of law enforcement, says Ashland Sheriff E. Wayne Risner, crediting the community for staying focused on Summerfield and finding justice for Jackenheimer. His first confirmation that Summerfield was arrested after he told a packed news conference in Ashland that is an "exciting day" for the city and county, and they could finally take down those wanted posters targeting Summerfield.
(U.S. Marshal's Office - news release) U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott announces that the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) has arrested fugitive Nathan Summerfield, age 27, this morning in Wadsworth, OH. Summerfield, who was an Ashland, OH resident, is wanted for the murder of Lynn Jackenheimer, which took place on July 3rd in Dare County (Outer Banks), North Carolina. Summerfield has been on the run since early July and the case has received national media attention to include airings on America’s Most Wanted.
In early July, the U.S. Marshal’s office in Greenville, NC received the murder warrant from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and then contacted the NOVFTF to request assistance in the fugitive investigation for Summerfield, as it related to Northern Ohio.
The NOVFTF has worked diligently on this investigation over the last 6 weeks, teaming up with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and Ashland Police Department, along with other Task Force partner agencies to follow up on all leads and continue the fugitive investigation within Northern Ohio. Summerfield’s photo was published in local and national media, and also on digital billboards across several states. The NOVFTF received hundreds of tips, all of which were followed up by U.S. Marshals across the nation to include but not limited to Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
This morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m., all the hard work of the NOVFTF paid off when Summerfield was found hiding within the Northern District of Ohio. Early this morning, the NOVFTF developed information that placed Summerfield at the Legacy Inn & Suites at 810 High Street in Wadsworth, OH. The NOVFTF gathered an arrest team to include Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the NOVFTF Richland County Division and NOVFTF Akron Division, as well as officers from the Wadsworth Police Department. The NOVFTF was able to confirm that Summerfield was in a room at the hotel and had checked in yesterday under an alias. Officers made entry into the room and arrested Summerfield without incident. Summerfield was transported to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office to await extradition to North Carolina to face the murder charges.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “This has been an intensive investigation following a horrible crime. We are extremely relieved and thankful that the time and effort poured into this manhunt has resulted in the safe capture of Nathan Summerfield and this hopefully brings some relief and justice to the family and friends of Lynn Jackenheimer.”
Ashland County Sheriff E. Wayne Risner stated, “This was a great coordinated effort by all the law enforcement partners involved. It is truly great to see the response and dedication that these officers put forward when tragedy struck family and friends within our county.”