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Young woman strangled in a home near TCU, medical examiner says

Woman strangled to death at home near TCU

Police and TV news crews were outside the house on Waits Avenue, just south of University Drive in Fort Worth, on Wednesday morning.
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Police and TV news crews were outside the house on Waits Avenue, just south of University Drive in Fort Worth, on Wednesday morning.

A 22-year-old woman found dead in a home near Texas Christian University was strangled, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office concluded Tuesday.

Molly Matheson’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy by the medical examiner’s office.

Her body was found in a bathroom of a home Monday in the 2600 block of Waits Avenue at 4:34 p.m., about two blocks north of TCU, according to the medical examiner’s website.

While Matheson lived nearby, she was not a student at TCU, school spokeswoman Holly Ellman said.

Matheson had been a student at the University of Arkansas before withdrawing in 2015, school spokesman Steve Voorhies said.

Before that, she graduated from Keller Timber Creek High School, said Shellie Johnson, spokeswoman for the Keller school district.

Police detectives were still at the home on Waits investigating Tuesday afternoon.

Elise Vidaurri, a sophomore at TCU who lives nearby, said Matheson’s death was unsettling in an often quiet neighborhood.

“Until we find whoever did this, I think a lot of people will be on edge,” Vadaurri said. “There’s a lot of young females and families who live over here.”

First United Methodist Church of Winter Park in Florida posted on Facebook about Matheson’s death, saying that Matheson and her family were former members at the church.

The Marcy Chapel of First United Methodist Church Winter Park, on the corner of Interlachen and Morse, will be open and...

Posted by First United Methodist Church of Winter Park on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report

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