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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
December 17, 2013 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Man Charged in Glenwood Woman's Death

Glenwood, IOWA – 24 year-old Chad Fortner of Council Bluffs was charged today with 2nd Degree Murder in the death of 47 year-old Carol Meston. 

On October 12th, emergency responders were called to Meston’s Glenwood home where Fortner was also staying.  It was initially reported that an altercation had taken place between Fortner and a male acquaintance.  Fortner had reported that during the altercation, Meston was knocked to the ground where she hit her head on a piece of furniture and was rendered unconscious.  Meston never regained consciousness and ultimately died of her injuries the next day.

An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and it was determined that Meston’s death was ruled a homicide due to the rupture of a vertebral artery. 

Fortner is currently in the Mills County jail being held under a $50,000.00 bond.

The investigation into Meston's death was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Glenwood Police Department. 

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Media POC: SAC Mitch Mortvedt 402.650.7458

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Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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