MASON CITY – Mason City police say that autopsies have been completed on the two murder victims who died last week, allegedly at the hands of a Lake Mills man.
According to police, on Monday, November 21, the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted autopsies and determined that 54-year-old Melinda Kavars died of a single gunshot wound to the neck and chest. Her manner of death has been officials classified as classified as a homicide.
Also, 37-year-old Caleb Christensen was found to have died of multiple sharp force injuries. His manner of death was classified as a homicide.
Based on the investigation, police say there is no ongoing threat to the community, as Peter Veal remains held in the Cerro Gordo county jail on $1 million cash bond on two counts of first-degree murder. The crime took place early November 17 at 1620 North Hampshire Avenue. Both victims were found deceased inside the house, and Veal was apprehended by police that morning.