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Awards Given In Connection With Fugitive Arrest

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  Original Published: 5/3/2013

One community's efforts to find the man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend and the mother of his son was recognized Thursday at the 2012 Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force Awards ceremony in Ashland.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott presented the Citizen of the Year Award  to Lynn Jackenheimer'a mother Lora Johnson, and her husband Raymond. Certificates were also given to all Ashland County residents who attended the ceremony at the Sheriff's Office Annex.

After a national manhunt, Nathan Summerfield, 27,  was arrested on Aug. 15 at a Wadsworth hotel for the July 3 murder of Lynn Jackenheimer, 33.

Jackenheimer was on vacation with her two children and Summerfield in the Outer Banks of North Carolina at the time of the murder. Jackenheimer has a child with Summerfield.

Summerfield allegedly killed Jackenheimer, hid her body in a cul-de-sac on Hatteras Island, returned to Ashland, dropped off the children and left the area.

Elliott and keynote speaker, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, praised Jackenheimer's parents and the community for supporting law enforcement in their efforts in helping to find Summerfield .

"You stood by our side last summer and partnered with us to make sure Nathan Summerfield was brought to justice. In that investigation you supported us and came together like no other town we have ever seen before. It's our honor to give back to you," Elliott said.

"Being a parent and having three daughters myself, I can't imagine what you've gone through. Our prayers are with you and God Bless you," Kosar said.

Summerfield is waiting trial in Dare County, North Carolina.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task force will mark its 10th year anniversary next month. The task force is made up of 350 men and women from across northen Ohio. The task force has apprehended 32,000 fugitives to date.

The Task Force also honored several law enforcement officials for their accomplishments during 2012.

The 2012 Wayne Leon Task Force Office of the Year Award was presented to Cleveland Police Det. Ray Burant, 2012 Susan Graves Task Force Division of the Year Award was presented the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force of Richland County Division, and the 2012 Law Enforcement Partner of the Year Award was presented to the Linndale Village Police Department.   

   
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