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Jul 20, 2013 12:55 PM by Eric Ross

Boyfriend charged in National Monument death

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Grand Junction man who originally reported his girlfriend missing now faces murder charges in the case of a woman found dead near Colorado National Monument.

The Daily Sentinel reports that 44-year-old David James Norman has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He has been at the Mesa County Jail for allegedly violating parole since July 2. That's when the body of 49-year-old Kathy Fortner was discovered near the west entrance of the Monument.

Norman reported Fortner missing on July 2, telling police she left after an argument. Authorities saw blood in the bed and on the rear bumper of a pickup truck parked outside. Gathered for DNA testing, the blood later proved to be Fortner's.

Tourists found Fortner's body later that day.

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