When Mike Novasio went to grab his recycling bin, he discovered a gruesome shock inside.
“This is going to sound really bizarre but I went to go grab my recycling bin and there were three white trash bags in the recycling bin and I went to lift them out and honestly it’s freaking me out, but it looks like it’s a foot,” Novasio said in a 911 call played in the episode of HLN’s new crime series “Sex & Murder” airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Novasio had discovered the dismembered body of missing 40-year-old single mom Ingrid Lyne, who disappeared after attending a Seattle Mariners baseball game with a man she had met online.
In a clip of the new show, obtained by People, Novasio recalls making the disturbing discovery.
“It was just three bags in the bottom of that bin that were incredibly heavy and weren’t supposed to be there,” he said. “I grabbed the first bag and it was so almost professionally packaged that it was very eerie and you could see as I pulled it out what it was the outline of a face.”
The bags contained Lyne’s head, left arm and right leg, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
Before her death, Lyne had gone on a date with John Robert Charlton, a man she had met online and had been dating for about a month. The pair went to the Seattle Mariners game on April 8, 2016 and then headed to a bar, according the records.
Lyne and Charlton, who was reportedly drunk, returned to her Renton house. Charlton later told police he woke up the next morning laying on a sidewalk in downtown Seattle. Lyne’s vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, was later found nearby.
He told police he didn’t remember much of the evening but “thinks” he had sex with Lyne after they returned to her home and that she was “acting weird” although he couldn’t describe how, according to the court records.
The next morning, Lyne’s ex-husband Phil Lyne arrived at her home to drop off her three daughters but couldn't find her. He called her mother, Jorga Bass, who used a key to enter Lyne’s home.
Her cellphone, purse, computer and tablet were all found inside, but there was no sign of the missing mother, according to the court documents.
Novasio discovered some of the 40-year-old’s remains in his recycling bin later that day around 4:30 p.m., providing a gruesome end to the search for the missing woman.
During a search of Lyne’s home, investigators found a 15-inch wood saw laying against the bathtub. Authorities believe Charlton killed Lyne in her home, then dismembered her body in the bathtub before dumping the remains.
Charlton, who told police he was homeless and “not a normal person” was later sentenced to 27 ¾ years in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to premeditated first-degree murder, according to The Seattle Times.
At Charlton’s sentencing the victim’s ex-husband, Phil Lyne addressed the court about the devastating loss his three daughters, who were 10, 8, and 6, at the time of the murder would have to endure for the rest of their lives, according the paper.
“Our daughters continue to thrive but they miss their mother every day,” he said.
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