Ashland Honored for Help in Search for Fugitive Summerfield
Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 08:18 PM EDT
ASHLAND, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- An entire Ohio town was honored Thursday for helping police catch a man suspected of killing a young mother.
The parents of murder victim Lynn Jackenheimer accepted an award from the Northern Ohio Violent Task Force on behalf of the people of Ashland for their assistance during the 2012 search for Jackenheimer's accused killer, Nathan Summerfield.
Summerfield evaded capture for weeks after allegedly killing his on-again, off-again girlfriend during a trip to North Carolina in July, 2012. Jackenheimer was missing for more than a week before her body was discovered in the Outer Banks area.
Summerfield disappeared after safely returning Jackenheimer's two young children to Ashland, touching off a nationwide manhunt.
The people of Jackenheimer's hometown displayed an unwavering commitment to Summerfield's capture throughout the search, which became the subject of media and law enforcement reports across the U.S.
Ashland community members employed several methods -- including fliers, t-shirts, and a flood of social media activity -- to help investigators ensure that anonymity would not be a tool available to Summerfield during his run from police and U.S. Marshals.
Summerfield was arrested at a Medina hotel in August. He is currently awaiting trial in North Carolina.