Sanitation workers found human remains in Seattle on Friday, and authorities say they likely belong to a mother who was killed and dismembered last week.
Investigators believe Ingrid Maree Lyne, 40, was killed in her home in the Seattle suburb of Renton by John Robert Charlton, a Seattle man with an extensive criminal record whom she met on an online dating site.
Charlton is accused of murdering and dismembering Lyne and then driving her body parts to downtown Seattle, where various remains, including a head and a foot, were discovered in a recycling bin April 9.
The body parts have not been positively identified by authorities as those of Lyne, a nurse with three daughters. But police say they don't have any reason to believe they are of someone else.
The latest grisly discovery was found in a waste container in front of a house close to where a homeowner spotted the other body parts, police said.
"We're confident that it is connected to last week's homicide investigation, which was only three blocks away from where we are standing now," Seattle Detective Mark Jamieson said Friday.
Charlton, 37, has a history of convictions for aggravated robbery, felony theft, grand theft auto, assault and larceny. According to court documents, he told police he and Lyne had been dating for about a month, and said they went to a Seattle Mariners game the night of April 8.
Charlton claims he drank to the point of blacking out that night, and woke up the following morning on a sidewalk in Seattle, not sure how he got there. When he was arrested, he had scratches on his chest, hand and forehead, and injuries to his face, police said.
Lyne was reported missing the morning of April 9 by her ex-husband, who stopped by her house to drop off their kids.
Seattle detectives found traces of blood and a 15-inch saw in her bathroom, plus an almost-empty box of garbage bags identical to the ones the body parts were found in.
Charlton is being held on $2 million bail and faces at least 28 years in prison. He is also charged with stealing Lyne's car, which was found in Seattle on Monday night.
A GoFundMe page set up for Lyne's three young daughters has raised nearly $200,000.