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Ohio Mom Lynn Jackenheimer Missing After Vacation In NC, Boyfriend Person Of Interest

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Ashland, Ohio-- Businesses in the hometown of an Ashland woman who disappeared during a North Carolina vacation are offering more than $7,000 in rewards for information about the whereabouts of the woman or her boyfriend.

Authorities say 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer, of Ashland, went to the Outer Banks last week with her boyfriend, Nate Summerfield, and her two children but didn't return with them. Police say Summerfield made incriminating statements to his brother that suggests foul play.

Police said Summerfield returned his girlfriend's children to Ohio and left them with his family.

Jackenheimer has been missing since July 4. Police are looking for Summerfield, who's being described as a person of interest.

(Background)-- Tuesday, Summerfield's brother called police to say that his Summerfield told him he strangled Jackenhemier.

In a 911 recording provided by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Jacob Summerfield told an emergency dispatcher that his brother, whom he identifies as Nate Summerfield, returned without his ex-girlfriend from vacation in North Carolina.

"I wanted to report a possible murder," Jacob Summerfield said in the call. "My brother was in North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend and he came back and said he strangled her."

Jacob Summerfield then said his brother left his parents' home in Ashland.

"He just took off," he said, before saying he had no idea where his brother may have gone.

Ashland County sheriff's Capt. Carl Richert said his office was working with the Dare County Sheriff's Office on the disappearance of Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland, who traveled 500 miles to the Nags Head area and was last seen in the Salvo area of Hatteras Island on July 4.

Authorities say she went on vacation with her two children and her boyfriend but didn't return with them. Police said Nate Summerfield returned the children to the Ashland area and left them with his family.

Dare County authorities were looking for Jackenheimer's remains. Search warrants in the case indicate that Nate Summerfield mentioned burning her body.

They described him as a person of interest in Jackenheimer's disappearance.

Police are seeking any tips about the whereabouts of Jackenheimer, who is about 5-foot-8 with brown hair and blue eyes.

Richert said deputies have Nate Summerfield's cellphone and surveillance video showing him driving a 2009 dark metallic gray four-door Honda Civic at an Ashland Bank around 10 a.m. Sunday.

The cellphone was obtained in Ashland, but Richert declined to specify the details.

Dare County authorities are asking local residents and anyone who might have met the couple to contact the sheriff's office at 252-475-5980.

Click on CBS News for more information on this developing story.

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