Body parts found in Seattle recycling bin may be missing mother of 3

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

RENTON, Wash. — The human remains found in a recycling bin over the weekend were tentatively identified as those of a missing mother of three who vanished Friday night after going on a date with a man she met online, a police chief said Monday.

Ingrid Lyne was last seen Friday night before going on a date to the Seattle Mariners home opener.

On Saturday, Seattle police say three adult body parts — including a foot — were found in a homeowner’s recycling bin in Seattle’s Central District just after 4 p.m.  Investigators later identified the remains as being those of Lyne, KCPQ reported.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said Monday the King County Medical Examiner’s Office will officially confirm the victim’s identity.

In cooperation with the Renton Police Department, a search warrant was served in their jurisdiction, and evidence was recovered, including telephone calls, that helped police identify a suspect.

Police said, based on that evidence, a 37-year-old Snohomish County man, John Robert Charlton, was arrested in connection with Lyne’s murder and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide. He is believed to be the man who went on the date with Lyne.

The last time neighbors say they saw Lyne was at her mailbox Friday before she headed out for her date with Charlton. Friends say the two met online and had a date Friday night to see the Mariner’s home opener.

The Seattle Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating her missing vehicle, a silver 2015 Toyota Highlander, bearing Washington plate AUW3230.

Neighbors say investigators have been in the neighborhood all weekend.

Getting choked up at times, Edward Franceschina earlier shared his concern over the disappearance of his neighbor Ingrid Lyne, who he says he saw more as a daughter.

“I don’t know; it’s not good,” said Franceschina. “The purse, the telephone and everything was in the house.”

Franceschina said he last saw the Renton mom on Friday afternoon checking her mail before heading to a Seattle Mariners game. When she didn’t show to pick up her kids Saturday morning, her friends raised the alarm.

Lyne was a nurse at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center.

Detectives believe the body parts had been packaged and placed in the bin near 21st Avenue and Pine Street sometime late Friday or on Saturday. The bin had been emptied of recyclables Friday.

Police say they searched other bins in the area but found nothing of note.