Police said they arrested a man — charged with killing a Fort Worth woman — in connection with the death of a Plano woman found in Lake Ray Hubbard in April.
Plano police said they arrested 23-year-old Reginald Gerard Kimbro Friday in connection with the death of 36-year-old Megan Getrum. Kimbro was already in custody at the Tarrant County Jail in connection with the strangulation of 22-year-old Molly Matheson.
Getrum was reported missing April 18 by her family after she had not been seen since April 14. It was the same day Kimbro was interviewed by Fort Worth police about Matheson's murder.
Authorities said they found Getrum's body in Lake Ray Hubbard April 15, but her body was not identified until four days later.
Authorities said an autopsy report revealed Getrum's death was the result of a "blunt injury" to the back of her neck. She had also been strangled and sexually assaulted.
An arrest warrant indicated that detectives found Kimbro's DNA on Getrum's body during an autopsy. Authorities said they matched it with his DNA found earlier on the body of Matheson, who had also been sexually assaulted.
Matheson was found dead in her Fort Worth home April 10. Kimbro told investigators that the pair dated when they were students at the University of Arkansas. He denied killing her.
Kimbro has been charged with capital murder for Getrum's death. He has also been charged with capital murder for Matheson's death.
Getrum's mother told NBC 5 through tears she was grateful for the Plano Police Department and glad Kimbro won't be able to hurt anyone else.
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Two other women have accused Kimbro of raping and choking them – one on South Padre Island in 2014. He claimed it was consensual and the charges were later dropped.
The other case happened in Plano in 2012. Kimbro was never arrested. Court documents say the victim didn't want to pursue charges for a time but has now changed her mind, and that investigation has re-opened.
Plano Police spokesman Ofc. David Tilley said another woman came forward this week claiming Kimbro sexually assaulted her in 2014. Detectives are investigating.
Tilley said they are looking everywhere Kimbro has lived, a search that spans from Texas to Arkansas.
Experts say sexual assault victims will often remain silent after the crime out of fear of retaliation. Police hope having Kimbro behind bars will give potential victims the courage to come forward.
Molly Matheson's father, David Matheson, released the following statement Friday to NBC 5:
"We are saddened to learn that Reggie Kimbro is apparently involved in the rape and murder of another young woman. No family should endure the loss of a child to an act of selfish violence. Our hearts go out to Ms. Getrum's family. It is extraordinarily frustrating to know that neither of these senseless murders would have ever happened if our judicial system had done its job properly. Twice Mr. Kimbro was accused and investigated by police for sexual assault by two brave young women. And unexplainably, both cases were dropped thus allowing Reggie Kimbro to continue his predatory ways.
"On the other hand, we are extremely pleased with the diligence of the Fort Worth police department, the detectives and the district attorneys who are working on Molly's behalf. Nothing can be done to bring back our daughter, but we pray that something is done with our judicial system to prevent situations like this from happening again."
NBC 5's Alice Barr and Meredith Yeomans contributed to this report.