Molly Matheson

College student strangled to death near Texas Christian University; Killer still at large

Police are investigating after a Fort Worth, Texas, woman was found strangled to death in her apartment located near Texas Christian University (TCU) on Monday.

WKAS reported that the body of Molly Matheson, 22, was found in the bathroom of her garage apartment—two blocks away from the college. The victim’s mother discovered Matheson’s body at around 4:3o pm, according to People.

The 22-year-old lived alone in the detached apartment behind the home. Crime scene investigators were reportedly seen examining the Fort Worth residence all day and into Tuesday night.

Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) Sgt. Joe Loughman told WFAA that Matheson was not a TCU student and had no connection to the university. According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old attended the University of Arkansas and withdrew in 2015.

Though authorities haven’t publically identified a suspect or motive, Matheson’s death was ruled a homicide by strangulation. Police purportedly told KTVT that they are working leads.

On Wednesday, the FWPD announced there were no signs of forced entry into Matheson’s apartment. Sgt. John Loughman mentioned that the 22-year-old likely died sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. However, Sgt. Loughman declined to disclose whether the victim knew her attacker, WFAA reported Wednesday afternoon.

Though Matheson wasn’t associated with TCU, TCU 360 claimed that university police sent out a safety email advising students to “remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity.” The email also stated that additional patrols will be present until a suspect is arrested.

“Until we find whoever did this, I think a lot of people will be on edge,” said Elise Vidaurri, a TCU sophomore who lives in the area, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There’s a lot of young females and families who live over here.”

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