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Two dead in Mason City; police hunt suspect – UPDATE: Suspect captured

327 27th Street SW via CG county

MASON CITY – Two people were found dead today in Mason City, and police caught a suspect now charged with two counts of felony first-degree murder.

UPDATE: Police say that a suspect, Codie Michael Matz has been captured this afternoon and has been taken to the Cerro Gordo county jail  He now faces two counts of felony first-degree murder.

At approximately 7:43 AM this morning, the Mason City Police Department conducted a welfare check at a residence in the 300 block of 27th Street SW – specifically, 327 27th Street SW.  The house is owned by Kenneth and Kathleen Hackbart.

Upon making entry into the residence, officers found two bodies.

The Mason City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Codie Michael Matz, a 25-year old white male, from Mason City. Matz is wanted as a material witness in the ongoing investigation. Matz may be armed and suicidal.

Law enforcement officials believe that Matz is operating a dark green 1996 Chrysler Sebring, bearing Iowa license plate, LE007. Matz was last seen in the Mason City area around 8:00 a.m. today. Anyone with information about Matz’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

The Mason City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is working this investigation with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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