Police believe three body parts found in a recycling bin in Seattle belong to a mother-of-three reported missing on Saturday.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said a man had been arrested and detectives believe the human remains are those of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old who works as a nurse.

“All evidence leads in the direction of that missing woman,” Chief O’Toole said.

Friends said Ms Lyne was last seen on Friday afternoon and had been due to go on a date that night to a Seattle Mariners baseball game with someone she met online.

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Body parts were found in a recycling bin on Saturday

John Robert Charlton, 37, was arrested on Monday morning in Snohomish County, north of Seattle, and has been held on suspicion of homicide.

Chief O’Toole said police do not believe there are any other suspects still at large.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will make a final confirmation of the victim’s identity.

Police were called at 4pm on Saturday after a homeowner found the body parts in their recycling bin.

The remains had been packed into plastic bags and placed in the bin late on Friday or Saturday.

Police had described the remains as “fresh” and said that they found nothing after searching other bins in the area.

Police also found Ms Lyne’s Toyota Highlander SUVĀ in downtown Seattle on Monday night.