The severed body parts including a foot and a head found dumped in a recycling bin in Seattle this weekend belong to a mother-of-three who disappeared after going on a date with a man she met online, police have said. The 40-year-old woman, Ingrid Lyne, was last seen leaving to attend the Seattle Mariners opening game with a date on Friday, and raised alarms when she didn't pick up her children the next morning. According to Daily Mail, her remains, wrapped in plastic bags, were still 'fresh' when they were recovered on Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood about 2.7miles away from Safeco Stadium, an officer said. Among the three packages found was Lyne's head, which allowed police to identify her, a law enforcement source told the Seattle Times.
Suspect John Robert Charlton, 37, who police believe was the man Lyne was meeting, was booked in jail on Monday afternoon while police investigate her murder. 'All evidence leads in the direction of that missing woman,' Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said at a news conference on Monday night. Lyne's ex-husband, whom she divorced in 2014, reported she was missing at 10.10am on Saturday when she didn't pick up her kids as they had planned, police said. Worried friends had circulated photographs of both Lyne and Charlton on Facebook in hopes of tracking them down, and Charlton listed that he started school at 'All OF Them' on his Facebook page on Saturday at 10.21am, after the 40-year-old was already reported missing.
|Lyne and her kids|
A search warrant was issued, and evidence such as telephone call records led detectives to Charlton, who was arrested in Snohomish County, just north of Seattle, WREG reported. Police believe the 37-year-old man, who was booked into King County Jail Monday afternoon on the investigation of homicide, was the man who took Lyne on a date. They do not believe there are additional suspects, the local news site reported. Charlton was previously convicted for misdemeanors of assault and battery, the Seattle Times reported. He was also found guilty of theft and the possession of marijuana.
Police desperately searched for Lyne, who worked as a nurse at the Swedish Medical Center, after friends reported she was missing on Saturday morning. Police broke into her Renton, Washington home and found her purse and cellphone there. Her silver 2015 Toyota Highlander, with the plate number AUW3230, has also been recovered after it was reported stolen. Three of Lyne's body parts were packaged in plastic bags and found in the recycling bin outside a 21st Ave and E. Pine Street home at 4pm on Saturday.
The homeowner called 911 and homicide detectives and medical examiners confirmed the man's initial suspicions that the packages included human remains. The body parts, which Seattle Police Sergeant Mike Renner said were still 'fresh' upon discovery, were taken to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
|Suspect John Robert Charlton, 37, (pictured left iand right)|
On Saturday night, homicide detectives learned that a missing persons report was filed that morning, and police identified the victim as Lyne based on photographs they obtained. Investigators said there is 'no reason to believe that there's any question of the victim's identity', but the King County Medical Examiner’s Office will not confirm this until after an autopsy is performed.
The investigation is ongoing, and Charlton has not been charged. He is currently held under a 'homicide investigation' with bail denied. Neighbor Edward Franceschina, 74, says he last saw Lyne, who has three young daughters aged eight to 12, on Friday afternoon, checking her mail. He said police detectives searched her house around 12.30am Sunday, and spoke to a resident down the street with a security camera.
It is unclear which dating site Lyne was using when she met Charlton. She divorced from her husband in 2014. Lyne's three children are currently staying with a family friend.