PLANO – An investigation is underway after officials identified the body of a missing Plano woman found in Dallas.
Police said 36-year-old Megan Leigh Getrum's body was discovered over the weekend. A source tells us she was found in Lake Ray Hubbard.
While her body was found by police and remained unidentified, Plano police reported her missing Tuesday from the 7000 block of West Parker Road, at about 12:30 p.m.
Plano police spent nearly a day and a half searching the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve for the 36-year-old software engineer, where she was Friday when her family last heard from her.
“We began to believe that possibly she may have been injured in the park. She may have fallen. It was dark. She may have not seen a rock, fallen down, tripped over a log, whatever the case may be,” said Plano police spokesman David Tilley.
Police closed the park to search for her. Officials said Getrum, who is single and doesn't have children, lived nearby and walked the trails regularly. Police also said that by all accounts she was happy, in shape, and had a tight circle of friends.
Former neighbors who met at the preserve Tuesday for a walk saw the commotion and heard the news.
“I don’t know. If I don’t hear from my boys in 12 hours, and they’re 31 and 28, I’m calling everybody I know, and I’m just checking. If I don’t hear from them in 24 hours, I go crazy,” said Cindy Hughes. “Something happened, something not good.”
Hughes and her friend come to the park multiple times a week. They said the park is family-friendly and safe.
“It’s just a really nice family area. So that’s the draw,” said Kathy Megura, who lives behind the nature preserve. “And you have people like this lady who go off-trail hiking. You don’t necessarily have to be on the concrete. You have mountain bikers who are out there. It’s just a nice well-rounded park.”
Police have not released the cause of Getrum's death at this time.