Death baffles police
LAKE RAY HUBBARD Authorities unsure how Plano woman’s body wound up in Dallas
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.
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