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Body parts in recycling bin likely those of woman missing after planned date night

The Washington Post The Washington Post 13/04/2016 Sarah Larimer
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The body parts were found in a recycling bin on Saturday afternoon by a homeowner, who then contacted authorities, Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud told reporters.

The parts were packaged, Michaud said. A department news release noted that “the items in question were inside plastic bags.”

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said Monday that investigators think the remains are most likely those of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old nurse and mother who was reported missing Saturday morning, after apparently going on a date on Friday.

“All the evidence leads in the direction of that particular victim,” O’Toole said at a news conference, though she said official verification would come from the medical examiner’s office.

O’Toole did not specifically use Lyne’s name but said police had “no reason to believe that there’s any question of the victim’s identity. We’re very confident that the victim is the one that has been identified in the media.”

Lyne, local media reported, had told friends that she planned to go on a date to Friday’s Mariners game, the team’s home opener. She hadn’t been seen or heard from since.

“I almost got sick. I mean, I just talked to her,” Robert Croner, a neighbor, told CBS News.

“It’s just wrong; it was just so wrong,” Lyne’s friend, Nichole Rock, told a local Fox affiliate.

The Seattle Times reported that Lyne “lived with her daughters in a brick-and-tan rambler with a lilac bush blooming out front. In a front window, all but one blind was pulled shut Monday.”

Another neighbor, 74-year-old Edward Franceschina, told the newspaper that he saw investigators leave the home with boxes, stopping to talk to another homeowner in the cul-de-sac, who had a security camera.

Franceschina told the Times that he last saw Lyne at her mailbox on Friday.

“It was just an ordinary day,” he told the newspaper. “She said hi and I said hi back, just like any other day.”

John Robert Charlton, 37, has been taken into custody in connection to the death, according to police. Charlton was booked into King County jail for “investigation of murder” and is being held without bond, according to online records.

“Why did he do this?” Rock, Lyne’s friend, asked during her interview with Q13. “And why did he put her in pieces?”

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