Lyne disappeared last Friday after leaving to meet a date, who police identified as John Robert Charlton, 37.
John Leech thinks the situation is new, and dangerous.
A local council member in Manchester, in the north of England, Leech this year launched a campaign to make online dating companies commit to keeping their users safer.
Unlike singles in the '70s, who cruised bars and discos and risked looking for love in all the wrong places, tens of millions of singles each day join and log on to online dating sites with the belief that their efforts to find love and companionship are safe and secure.
But the apparent murder and dismemberment of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old Seattle-area mother of three, has sent shockwaves throughout the cyber-romance world, with many begging the question: Is anyone safe?
Seven million UK residents are currently registered with online dating sites, according to the report.
But the increased number of rapes indicates that you need to keep your wits about you when meeting strangers.As with anything in life, there can be some risks with online dating, but there can also be a lot of rewards — love being one of them.We’ve gathered several statistics about the dangers of online dating (not to worry you but to inform you) as well as five ways you can protect yourself from potential predators.Friends said Lyne met Charlton a few months earlier through an as-yet-unnamed online dating site.Charlton reportedly has a lengthy rap sheet, including misdemeanor assaults — but it’s unlikely his dating profile mentioned that detail.“You should always do a background check on the person that you are dating,” Anderson told Fox