Death baf­fles po­lice

LAKE RAY HUB­BARD Au­thor­i­ties un­sure how Plano woman’s body wound up in Dal­las

The Dallas Morning News - - METRO & STATE - By VA­LERIE WIGGLESWORTH Staff Writer vwig­glesworth@dal­las­news.com

PLANO — All seemed well with Me­gan Leigh Getrum last week as she strolled through Ar­bor Hills Na­ture Pre­serve in West Plano.

She calmly chat­ted with a rel­a­tive on her cell­phone while walk­ing through the 200-acre park, where she reg­u­larly hiked the trails. Ac­cord­ing to the rel­a­tive, noth­ing seemed amiss dur­ing their Fri­day night talk.

That’s why au­thor­i­ties are baf­fled af­ter her life­less body was found by a passer-by about 7 a.m. Sat­ur­day, float­ing nearly 30 miles away in Lake Ray Hub­bard. Her ve­hi­cle was later found at her apart­ment com­plex in Plano.

The Dal­las County med­i­cal ex­am­iner com­pleted an au­topsy on Getrum, 36, Sun­day but says the re­sults — in­clud­ing how she died — are pend­ing.

Plano po­lice spokesman David Til­ley said Thurs­day that his depart­ment is con­duct­ing a gen­eral death investigation un­til au­topsy re­sults are avail­able. Au­thor­i­ties did not learn Getrum’s iden­tity un­til Wed­nes­day af­ter a fam­ily mem­ber had filed a miss­ing per­son’s re­port the day be­fore.

There were no ob­vi­ous signs of trauma on her body, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors don’t know whether her death was ac­ci­den­tal, a crime or self-in­flicted.

“We’re con­sid­er­ing all those as­pects,” Til­ley said.

Friends and fam­ily could not be reached di­rectly for com­ment Thurs­day. But on so­cial me­dia, Getrum was de­scribed as smart, loyal, in­de­pen­dent and funny. The sin­gle woman lived alone in a gated apart­ment com­plex and doted on the cats she had adopted from a lo­cal res­cue.

“We truly have lost such a bright light in our world,” one friend posted on Face­book. “A beau­ti­ful sin­cere friend, a com­pas­sion­ate sweet soul, a hu­man ded­i­cated to ser­vice and sup­port­ing causes and peo­ple she be­lieved in.”

“I will al­ways re­mem­ber Me­gan for her beau­ti­ful smile and amaz­ing travel sto­ries and beau­ti­ful photos,” wrote an­other. An­other posted that “words can­not ex­press how much I will miss Me­gan. She was such a gen­er­ous, loyal and kind­hearted friend.”

Getrum’s Linked In page shows she grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Texas at Dal­las in 2003 with a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter science. She worked as a soft­ware en­gi­neer at Raytheon from 2004 to 2011 and at Masergy from 2011 un­til Jan­uary of this year, ac­cord­ing to her pro­file.

On its web­site, the Plano com­pany touts it­self as the owner and op­er­a­tor of “the largest in­de­pen­dent Soft­ware De­fined Plat­form in the world.”

It’s un­clear where Gertrum may have been work­ing at the time of her death.

Plano po­lice ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Getrum to call the po­lice tip line at 972-941-2148.

ME­GAN LEIGH GETRUM

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