Seattle authorities said on Monday that the human remains that were found in a recycle bin outside a home on Sunday belong to a woman who went missing the day before.
Ingrid Lyne, 40, went missing on Friday night after she went to a baseball game with a man she met online. Lyne, a mother of three and a nurse by profession, was reported missing on Saturday morning when she did not turn up to pick up her three daughters.
On Monday, the Seattle police confirmed that the body parts found in the recycle bin are hers and that they have arrested her blind date from Snohomish County, the New York Daily News reported. The man, John Robert Charlton, 37, was booked into King County jail for investigation into murder, the police department said.
The Seattle Times reported that a number of Lyne’s friends shared Charlton’s picture on social media to identify him as her date. However, it is not clear through which social networking site the duo met.
“All evidence leads in the direction of that missing woman,” the Fox News quoted Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole as saying. It will be finally determined by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. O’Toole said that the police do not think there is any other suspect.
The Seattle police have also sought public assistance in locating her missing silver 2015 Toyota Highlander, with a Washington state license plate, AUW3230.
The victim’s remains were packaged in a plastic bag and left in the recycle bin. The police said that the bin would have been emptied since the recyclables on the block were collected on Fridays.
Lyne’s daughters are now staying with a family friend.
“The purse, the telephone, and everything was in the house,” the Q13 Fox quoted Lyne’s neighbour, Edward Franceschina as saying. He said he saw Lyne the last time on Friday afternoon when she was checking her mail.