UPDATE: Additional remains were found the afternoon of April 18, and police said they were likely connected to the death of Ingrid Lyne. Follow the link to read those details.
ORIGINAL STORY: The body of a Renton mother was found Saturday in a Central District recycling bin, and her suspected killer was charged Wednesday in King County Superior Court.
Here's what we know about the case:
- Ingrid Lyne reported missing Saturday morning, April 9
- Lyne was last seen leaving for a date Friday at the Mariners home opener
- Her body was found Saturday afternoon dumped in the Central District
- Suspect John Robert Charlton arrested Monday in Snohomish County
- Charges were filed against Charlton on Wednesday
- See images from the case
- GoFundMe account for victim's daughters
- Scroll down for expanded coverage on case, including a family statement
Who was the victim?
Ingrid Lyne, age 40. She was from Renton and a mother of three girls and a nurse at Swedish Medical Center.
Who is the suspect?
John Robert Charlton, 37. He was arrested Monday at his ex-girlfriend's residence in Snohomish County.
King County prosecutors filed charges against him on Wednesday. He's accused of premeditated murder.
How did they meet?
Police have not elaborated exactly, though one of Lyne’s friends wrote on Facebook that they met online. She wrote that Lyne went on a date to the Mariners game, and Lyne’s family responded to that post with Facebook screengrabs of Charlton’s page.
KIRO 7 was sent an online dating profile for the site Plenty of Fish that appears to be Lyne, though that is not posted here because police have not confirmed that profile or said how Lyne and Charlton met online. Charlton had a profile on Plenty of Fish.
According to probable cause documents, a neighbor told police that Lyne had been dating a man named "John."
How long were they dating?
About a month, Charlton told homicide detectives.
When was Lyne last seen?
Friday, April 8, before the Mariners home opener at Safeco Field. Police said her cellphone records were crucial in the investigation. Her ex-husband told police her cellphone was left at her Renton home.
Search warrant documents elaborating on the investigation have not been made public. Search warrant affidavits and returns are filed in King County Superior Court and will eventually be available.
When was Lyne’s body found and identified?
Her body was found about 4 p.m. Saturday in a recycling bin near 21st Avenue and Pine Street. Police said the remains were packaged and dropped there in plastic bags.
The King County Medical Examiner did not confirm Lyne’s identity Monday, though Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said that afternoon investigators were confident the remains were Lyne's. Police said they would not elaborate on details about Lyne’s remains. However, court documents give graphic details about where Lyne's body was found.
On Friday, a garbage collector found more remains, which is likely related to the murder of Lyne, just two blocks away from where the initial discovery of body parts were found Saturday.
When will Charlton be in court next? When was he arrested?
He was in court Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. His next court appearance will be his arraignment after he is charged. Charges are expected Thursday, and an arraignment date will be set after that. Charlton was arrested Monday morning at his ex-girlfriend's residence in Lake Stevens, Snohomish County.
Where can I read the court documents released Tuesday afternoon?
Follow this link to read the court documents against John Charlton, who was held on $2 million bail. WARNING: The details in the court documents are disturbing and graphic. Discretion is advised. The victim's address, names of her family members, and the suspect's cell phone number were redacted by KIRO 7.
What do we know about Charlton’s history?
We will post additional details here as we confirm them, but here’s what we know so far.
- Charlton was born in Idaho.
- In spring 1997, Charlton was convicted of marijuana possession, with the condition that he could have the charge deferred by completing alcohol information school within 90 days, among other conditions. He complied with the alcohol information school, however the deferred sentence was revoked later that year because of another violation in Auburn.
- The Auburn case was a domestic violence assault case (fourth-degree) filed May 21, 1998, in Auburn Municipal Court. KIRO 7 has requested copies of the case documents.
- In summer 1998, Charlton was arrested for DUI in Washington. That case led to a convicted for first-degree negligent driving, according to court records.
- In 2006, Charlton was convicted of aggravated robbery in Utah.
- Also in 2006, Charlton's parents filed for a protection order saying their son told his mother to "beware" while referencing a copy of "Hannibal" The movie is about serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
- In 2009, Charlton was convicted of felony theft in Montana.
- In October 2015, Charlton was found guilty in Lynnwood Municipal Court of driving without insurance.
- In February 2016, Charlton was stopped for driving a Ford Taurus with expired tags. He listed his address in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood.
Is Charlton a serial killer?
Police have not said that.
Ray and JoAnn Charlton said in a court document that in 2006 their son had taken the movie "Hannibal" — about fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter — from a shelf in 2006 and told his mother she should watch it and "beware."
What about the reports that Charlton’s parents feared him?
Ray and JoAnn Charlton said in a filing for a restraining order that he had tried to provoke a fight with them while he was drunk and abusive in 2006. That’s where they described the “Hannibal” moment. They also said he had told them "life was putting too much pressure on him" and he felt he was becoming mentally unstable. The restraining order was later dismissed at the parents' request.
This weekend, a light went out of our lives forever. Ingrid, beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend was taken from us for reasons we still cannot comprehend. Our hearts are broken and can never be fully mended.
Has the family of Ingrid Lyne talked about the case?
Lyne's family released this statement Tuesday night:
But out of our grief, hope still springs, as does our appreciation. Words cannot express our gratitude to our communities near and far for banding together and expressing their support and ultimately their love. For this we will be forever grateful. From the bottom of our hearts, we all thank you.
We would also like to express our appreciation to the Renton and Seattle Police Departments as they work tirelessly to provide all of us the truth around what exactly happened to our beloved Ingrid. They have been there for our family providing answers, support, and compassion – even feeding the girls cats when we needed.
Lastly, we’d like to give you an update on Ingrid and Phil’s daughters. While devastated, they have been amazingly resilient and we couldn’t be more proud of how they have handled what will be the worst news of their young lives. With all of your prayers and positive thoughts, we are able to express to them how much Ingrid meant to all of you and how much you truly love and care for them. We have truly appreciated all of your respect for their privacy while our primary focus is on them moving through this in a healthy yet honest manner.
Again, thank you to all of you in what has truly been our darkest hour.
On Tuesday, Swedish Medical Center also released a statement.
Why were police looking for Lyne’s vehicle?
Police said they were looking for her Toyota Highlander, and neighbors said she drove her vehicle leaving for the Mariners game on Friday, when she was last seen. It was found late Monday in Seattle after police asked for the public’s help locating it.
Police are looking for a 2015 Toyota Highlander with a WA license plate AUW3230 in missing mother-homicide cases. pic.twitter.com/yP16zEH7jB— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) April 12, 2016
Neighbors said a house in the Renton cul-de-sac where Lyne lived has grainy surveillance video of a car pulling into the driveway of Lyne's home and then leaving soon after.
Is Charlton linked to other missing persons cases?
Police had not linked Charlton to any additional cases as of noon Tuesday.
What about the Mountlake Terrace death of Cheryl DeBoer?
Mountlake Terrace police said there was no evidence DeBoer’s death was a homicide.
The 53-year-old mother was found in a culvert last February after a days-long search.
She died of asphyxia from a plastic bag over her head and freshwater drowning, authorities said. Follow this link for additional details about DeBoer’s case.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
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