A 24-year-old Council Bluffs man has been charged with murder in the death of a Glenwood woman, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Chad Fortner was charged Tuesday with 2nd-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Carol Meston.
On Oct. 12, 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 bond.
The investigation into Meston's death was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Glenwood Police Department.