Seattle Mother of Three Murdered, Allegedly By Man She Met Online

A small Washington town has been left reeling after a grisly murder.

According to reports, single mother of three Ingrid Lyne planned to go to a Mariners baseball game on Friday, April 8, with a man she met online. But the 40-year-old nurse never returned to her Renton, Washington, home. When her ex-husband came to drop off the kids on Saturday morning, no one came to the door. Lyne was reported missing just after 10 a.m. 

Later in the day, CBS News reports, a local homeowner discovered three adult body parts — including a foot and a head — in a recycling bin roughly 10 miles from Lyne’s house. Police announced on Monday, April 11, that the human remains belonged to Lyne, and that they had arrested 37-year-old John Robert Charlton on “investigation for murder.”

John Charlton
John Charlton. Montana Dept. of Corrections

According to The Seattle Times, court records show that Charlton’s criminal history includes "convictions for misdemeanor assault in King County in 1997, felony theft in Montana in 2009, second-degree aggravated robbery in Utah in 2006 and misdemeanor battery in a 2009 case in Idaho.” He was also reportedly found guilty of possession of marijuana in 1997, but the charge was deferred.

“We used some forensic evidence dealing with telephone calls and cell towers and the usual investigative shoe leather,” Seattle Police Assistant Chief Robert Merner said in an April 11 press conference. “Utilizing those, we were led to a suspect early on.” 

Lyne’s daughters range in age from 8 to 12. 

“Why did he do this? And why did he put her in pieces?” Lyne’s longtime friend Nichole Rock asked through tears during an interview with Q13Fox. She added: “Kids, they need a mom.”

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