King County prosecutors charged John Charlton with first degree murder Wednesday for allegedly killing a Renton mother of three, whose body parts were found in a Central District recycling bin on Saturday. The 37-year-old Snohomish man is suspected of dismembering Ingird Lyne, 40, in her home then dumping her body parts at 21st and Pine. Friends of Lyne, who worked as a nurse at Swedish Medical Center, said she had been dating Charlton for a short period of time after the two met online.
“The tragic murder of Ingrid Lyne has left a family and community in a spiral of grief and anguish,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg in a statement. “We may never understand why she was killed … but the police and prosecutors working on this case have done a tremendous job of piecing together a solid case against the person we believe to be responsible for her death.”
Lyne was reported missing on Saturday. She and Charlton planned to go on a date the night before, which included seeing the Mariners home opener. After Lyne’s dismembered body was discovered on Saturday at 21st and Pine, detectives searched her Renton home and found bits of flesh and a 15-inch pruning saw in her bathroom.
Charlton also faces a charge for stealing Lyne’s car, which he allegedly used to transport her remains to the Central District. The vehicle was eventually recovered in Belltown.
The body parts found by a Central District homeowner were officially identified as belonging to Lyne on Wednesday, though SPD officials said Monday they were certain of the victim’s identity. Officials said the Central District property was only a dumping location in the case and that Charlton had no other known connections to the area.
Charlton was arrested in Lake Stevens on Monday without incident. He told police he and Lyne had gone to the Mariners game then returned to her house in Renton. He said he was too drunk to remember what happened afterwards, but that Lyne likely drove him back to Seattle where he slept on a sidewalk. Detectives observed abrasions to his face and scratches to his hand and chest at the time of his arrest.
Charlton also told detectives that he was homeless, an alcoholic, and “not a normal person,” according to court documents. At the time of his arrest Charlton was staying with an ex-girlfriend in Lake Stevens, where he typically stayed two nights a week, she told police. She also said Charlton was a “mean drunk” and typically stayed in a shelter in Seattle.
Charlton has a criminal history stretching across six states that includes convictions for aggravated robbery and assault, and arrests for battery.
A King County Judge set Charlton’s bail at $2 million on Tuesday. Charlton is next scheduled to appear in court on April 27th.
A Central District homeowner discovered Lyne’s body parts on Saturday after emptying his bin which he thought was unusually heavy. After he called 911, investigators found a human head, an arm, part of a leg, and a foot. Since the face was intact, investigators were able to match it with Lyne’s photograph. The garbage bags used to wrap the remains matched an emptied box of bags at Lyne’s home, according to detectives.