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MCPD says autopsies completed on homicide victims

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.

Veal, Peter Leroy
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