Thirty-three-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer allegedly spoke to a friend of hers prior to vanishing around July 3rd. According to her friend, the missing woman expressed the belief that Nate Summerfield 'had changed' from the abusive monster he had been prior in their relationship. This sheds light on the possibility that she was not only duped into going on this fateful vacation, but he could have been plotting something in the first place. You see, it was all in the same span of 24 hours, reportedly, that Summerfield drove her to North Carolina and then came back to Ashland, Ohio to tell his brother that he strangled the woman before dropping off the children.
Alex Taylor alleges that the two spoke on the phone just before midnight on the third of July and claimed that she and friends had tried to talk the woman out of going on vacation with her former boyfriend. Earlier it was reported that the two were estranged, but it seems like Lynn Jackenheimer was suckered into giving this relationship another try, but at what cost?
"She thought he had changed. Nobody else believed it, but she believed people can change. They had a rough time, but she wanted to make it work so her kids could have a dad," said the missing woman's friend.
Ladies, this story is a prime example of why it's simply not worth it to force things into working for the sake of having a father figure in the lives of your children. This man was reportedly so abusive that he had been convicted of domestic assault on the woman before! He had choked her, dragged her through the house by her throat and at one point even locked her out of her own home while she was naked, resulting in the police being called. This was a violent relationship that was seemingly destined to end in the death of this beautiful woman.
Meanwhile, it appears that the search for the missing Ohio woman is at a total standstill. There are several hundred square miles to search, as her remains can be anywhere. There is no confirmation that she has been murdered but judging by the details of the case thus far, it's highly probable. Investigators have located the cellphones belonging to both Summerfield and Jackenheimer, so hopefully more information can be provided to the public in time.
This isn't going to be a popular statement, but it's highly likely that Nathaniel Summerfield drove away to commit suicide. In cases like these, it's the norm, but at least he had the common decency to spare his 3-year-old son and her 13-year-old daughter. These children are already living the kind of hell that no child should have to live, missing their mother who may have been murdered. It would have been quite worse had he harmed them as well.
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