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Shaun Jackenheimer, brother of Lynn Jackenheimer, and family friend Brittany Patterson leave the Dare County Sheriff's Office command center on Hatteras Island, N.C.
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BY GABRIELLA SOUZA
HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C.--Local authorities are intensively searching areas of Salvo today for any sign of a missing Ohio woman who never returned home from her Fourth of July vacation.
According to search warrants released Wednesday, authorities have reason to believe Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, was buried on Hatteras Island.
Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard of the Dare County Sheriff's Office said that comes from a statement given Sunday by her ex-boyfriend's brother, Jake Summerfield. He's the man who said in a 911 call made Sunday to the Ashland County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office that his brother, Nathan Summerfield, told him he strangled Jackenheimer.
Relatives and friends of Jackenheimer began arriving today at the search site in Salvo. Her brother, Shaun Jackenheimer, and three friends wore white T-shirts with the 33-year-old mom's photograph, reading: "Hope Without it you have nothing. With it you have everything."
They entered a Dare County Sheriff's Office trailer to be briefed by deputies.
Investigators spent the morning combing through wooded areas around the beach house where Lynn Jackenheimer stayed with her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Summerfield, and her two children.
The search team includes officers from the Dare County Sheriff's Office, the National Park Service, and the Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head police departments. No boats or canines will be involved, Hoggard said, but he has made a request for aircraft assistance.
Hoggard said the search party studied a map to narrow specific areas to canvass. He said those areas were not decided upon based on any specific evidence.
Jackenheimer left Ashland, Ohio, for a vacation with her 13-year-old daughter, Ciara; Nathan Summerfield; and their 3-year-old son, Leland. She was last seen and heard from July 3.
Nathan Summerfield brought the children back to Ohio on Sunday, dropping them off with relatives. Then he took off in a gray Honda Civic, his brother said in the 911 call. Authorities were still searching for Summerfield on Wednesday night.
Businesses in Ashland are offering more than $7,000 in rewards for information about the whereabouts of Jackenheimer or Summerfield. On Monday night, 150 supporters, relatives and friends gathered for a candlelit vigil in Ashland.
Raymond Johnson, Jackenheimer's stepfather, has appealed for her return.
"Nate, if you're out there watching, I'm just asking you to give Lynn back," he said, speaking into a news camera. "Be a man and give Lynn back to her family. That's all you've got to do, so your son can have his mother back."