April 8, 2016
Renton, Washington
Ingrid Lyne (40) is last seen alive

Lyne was last in contact with friends and family before she was to go on a date with John Charlton (37), a man she met online and had been dating for roughly a month before her murder.

On April 9, Lyne’s ex-husband Phil attempted to drop off their three children, but noticed she was not at home. Her mother was notified and then the police. Detectives investigated Lyne’s home and found a 15-inch (38 cm) pruning knife in the bathroom, as well as some blood and bone fragments. It was also noted her vehicle was missing.

Later that day, a Seattle homeowner notified police regarding the discovery of human remains in his recycling bin. A human head, an arm and hand, a lower leg, and a foot were found wrapped in plastic bags matching ones in Lyne’s home. More remains were found nearly a week later in a waste container approximately three blocks from the first recycling bin discovery, and three days later, the rest of Lyne’s body was found in a recycling center.

Charlton was questioned, though he claimed he had been “so intoxicated” he was unsure of the events of the night of April 8 through the morning of April 9, including how or when the couple left the baseball game they had attended on their date or how he left Lyne’s residence. He assumed, he told detectives, Lynn had driven him to Seattle where he slept on the sidewalk. Lyne’s vehicle was later found parked near the location Charlton had slept. Charlton also denied to police having any injuries, though it was noted he had abrasions to his forehead and cuts to his hand. He was arrested on April 11 on charges of first-degree murder and automobile theft, four days before the second discovery of Lyne’s dismembered remains.

Charlton pleaded guilty to Lyne’s murder in October 2017, admitting to the court he had strangled Lyne, dismembered her body, and stolen her car. He was sentenced to 27 years and 9 months in prison — the maximum sentence allowed under Washington’s sentencing guidelines — though King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector informed Charlton she would have sentenced him to life in prison if she could have.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was set up for Lyne’s children in 2016, and it appears to still be accepting donations (as of April 8, 2020, a donation was made 21 days ago). Donations can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ingridlyne

Ingrid Lyne

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