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Renton victim's friends say she had dated suspect for 6 to 8 weeks

Ingrid Lyne (Photo used with permission)

SEATTLE - A missing woman whose dismembered remains were found in a Seattle trash bin over the weekend had been dating her suspected killer for six to eight weeks before her death, her best friends told KOMO News on Tuesday.

Nancy Sivitilli and Crissa Franceschina said it's not true that their friend Ingrid Lyne, 40, had met the man online just before her disappearance.

Instead, they said, Lyne had been dating John Robert Charlton long enough to form a trusting relationship with him.

"She didn't see any red flags," Sivitilli said. "She would have never, ever, ever taken a risk if she thought there was (anything wrong)."

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Lyne's friends also described her as a "phenomenal person." "She was a blast - a fun, fun person," Sivitilli said. "She would walk into the room and, you know, add life to the room."

Lyne, a Renton nurse with three children, disappeared after telling friends she was going on a date to a Mariners baseball game Friday night. She never returned.

On Saturday a Seattle homeowner found three body parts, including a foot, in his recycling bin. Police believe those are Lyne's remains, and the coroner's office is working to confirm the remains were hers.

Police arrested Charlton, 37, on Monday morning in Lake Stevens following an investigation. During Charlton's first court appearance Tuesday, a King County judge ordered Charlton held on $2 million bail and prosecutors said he could face a second-degree murder charge.

Meanwhile, court records show that Charlton's parents sought a restraining order against him years ago, telling authorities they were afraid of him. The parents said in the filing that he had tried to provoke a fight with them while he was drunk and abusive in 2006.

Ray and JoAnn Charlton said their son had taken the movie "Hannibal" - about a serial killer - from a shelf and told his mother she should watch it and "beware." 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. John Charlton was convicted that same year of aggravated robbery in Utah.

Court records show Charlton also was convicted of a 2009 felony theft in Montana and for negligent driving in Washington state in 1998.

A homeowner in Seattle called police at 4 p.m. Saturday after discovering the body parts. Police say the body parts had been packaged in plastic bags and placed in the bin sometime late Friday or on Saturday. The bin had been emptied of recyclables Friday.

Police previously described the remains as fresh. They said they had searched other bins in the area and found nothing of note.

Police found Lyne's vehicle, a grey 2015 Toyota Highlander, Monday night in downtown Seattle.

Lyne's friends now say that Lyne's dismemberment death should serve as a warning to others.

"I think the message I want to get out to people - other than what phenomenal person Ingrid is - is don't ever go out with a guy without telling your friends and telling the guy, 'My friends know I'm out with you. They have your name,' Sivitilli said.

"Take a picture," she added. "Tell him, 'If you're not afraid then you shouldn't be afraid of me taking a picture of you.' Tell your friends what the plan is, where you're going, a timeline. Do a check-in."

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