Seattle Mom Met Murder Suspect Online 6 to 8 Weeks Before He Allegedly Killed Her and Dismembered Her with Pruning Saw, Friend Says
"She was feisty, she was fun and when she came into a room it was like 'Ingrid's here'"
The Seattle mother of three whose dismembered remains were discovered in a recycling bin had begun to trust her accused killer after meeting him online nearly two months ago, a friend tells PEOPLE.
Crissa Franceschina says Ingrid Lyne met John Robert Charlton, 37, on a dating site and she had told friends about their upcoming date to a Seattle Mariners baseball game last Friday.
“There was some trust involved obviously [between] her and him,” Franceschina says.
Franceschina says Lyne didn’t tell her a lot about Charlton, but she believes they had been seeing each other for six to eight weeks.
Lyne was a devoted single mother who was focused on children and her career as a nurse at Swedish Medical Center, Franceschina tells PEOPLE. Following her divorce from the father of her three daughters in 2014, she began looking for romance online in her scare free time.
“She was busy working and was kind of dating off and on,” Lyne’s friend says. “Obviously the girls, were her main focus and kept her busy.”
Lyne was reported missing on Saturday morning when her ex-husband went to her house to drop off their daughters and found that she wasn’t home and her car was gone.
“I was worried immediately and sent out [Facebook] messages to our friends. We knew she went to the Mariners game, we knew she was with him,” Franceschina says
Investigators discovered several dismembered remains that they believe belong to Lyne in a recycling bin outside a Seattle home on Saturday afternoon. Police and the FBI are still searching for the rest of Lyne’s body.
Charlton is being held on $2 million bail on second-degree murder charges in connection with Lyne’s death. He is scheduled to make a court appearance tomorrow.
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Police found a 15-inch pruning saw and pieces of flesh inside Lyne’s home outside Seattle – as well as plastic garbage bags similar to those in which Lyne’s remains were found, according to court documents.
Franceschina tells PEOPLE that she met Lyne in 2007, a few years after she and her family moved into the neighborhood. Both Franceschina and Lyne were pregnant with their first children at the time.
“We hit it off right from the beginning,” Franceschina remembers.
“[We] have a core group of [girls] that get together often and go out. Or in the summers we would just sit outside and hang out with the kids.”
“She was the fun one,” Crissa Franceschina tells PEOPLE. “She didn t care what people thought. She was loyal – she was just a good person.”
Lyne’s friends have started a GoFundMe page to help support Lyne’s three daughters.
Franceschina tells PEOPLE that Lyne’s ex-husband is taking care of his daughters with the help of family members. She says the community has come together to support the family.
“He’s doing okay, I think he’s definitely trying to keep it together as much as he can The community is really rallying around this family.
“These girls will be supported for a very long time from a lot people,” Franceschina says. “That’s our main purpose right now is them.”