81 Year Old Gardnerville Man Held on Murder Charges

Gardnerville, NV…On November 21, 2013, at approximately 1:20 P.M. the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a person shot in the 1300 block of Homestead Road, Gardnerville, NV. Deputies arrived on scene and found a 51 year old female, identified as Catherine Mary Costanza, from Concord, CA, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

During the investigation, the resident, 81 year old Melvin Norlund stated, Catherine was his caretaker. Melvin stated he and Catherine became involved in an altercation and he had shot Catherine. After the shooting Melvin contacted a neighbor and asked them to call 911 to report the shooting. Melvin was taken into custody and booked on a charge of murder and is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail without bail. The investigation is ongoing.