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UPDATE: Victims of Mason City Double Homicide Identified

November 08, 2017 07:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Mason City Police Department has identified the victims of a double homicide as 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and his wife 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart.

Police said a third resident of the home, Codie Matz, was not at the house Tuesday morning and was unable to be located.  Matz was identified as the Hackbarts' grandson.

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Police said Tuesday afternoon a Iowa State Trooper noticed an ATL vehicle driving near a rural address in Bondurant.  The trooper went to investigate and apprehended Matz, the driver, around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said the residence in Bondurant does not appear to be involved and no other suspects are being sought at this time.

The scene on the 300 block of 27th St. SW remains secured and an investigation is ongoing.

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Authorities say a 25-year-old man has been charged with murder in the slayings of two people in northern Iowa.
    
Mason City police say the bodies were found during a welfare check at the home around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. The victims' names haven't been released.
    
Authorities soon sought Codie Matz as a material witness and found him in the Des Moines suburb of Bondurant. He was later charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
    
Matz remained in Cerro Gordo County Jail on Wednesday. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.
    
Police have not said how the couple were killed.

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Mason City Police say they've taken a man into custody as part of an ongoing homicide investigation.

The department posted on its Facebook page just before 3 p.m. that Codie Matz was taken into custody. 

Police say just before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, they did a welfare check on the 300 block of 27th street southwest. Inside the residence, police say they found two bodies.

Authorities call Matz, 25 of Mason City, a material witness.

The scene of the incident is still very active. We have a reporter there and will bring you updates as they become available.


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