ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) -- The Dare County Sheriff's Office says Lynn Jackenheimer's death was a combination of stabbing and strangulation.
The Ohio woman's body was found on North Carolina's Outer Banks after she was reported missing. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant accusing her on-and-off boyfriend of murder.
Police on Monday confirmed a body discovered in a vacant lot was 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland. She went missing early this month during a vacation with her children and Nate Summerfield.
Police say he returned the children to Ashland and apparently drove away.
Summerfield's brother has told authorities that Summerfield said he strangled the woman. The cause of death, which hasn't been released, would officially determine whether the case is a homicide.
A warrant for Summerfield was issued once the body was identified. He previously was described as a person of interest in the case.
The Dare County Sheriff's Office announced details about Jackenheimer's cause of death during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Resident Bob Prouty says' it's the talk of the town.
"Everyone is talking about it, whether it's in their homes or out on the street. You know, murders don't happen too often down in the Outer Banks," Prouty said.