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UPDATE: Mason City man accused of killing grandparents

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MASON CITY, Iowa (FOX 47) -

UPDATE: A Mason City man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his grandparents.

According to the Mason City Police Department, 25-year-old Codie Michael Matz killed 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and his wife, 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart. Court documents state the victims were stabbed.

Officers found the Hackbarts dead inside their home at 327 27th St. SW while conducting a welfare check at around 7:43 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the victims' grandson, Matz, also lived at the home but was not there at the time. The victims' car was also missing.

On Tuesday afternoon, an Iowa State Patrol trooper spotted the vehicle near Bondurant, about 120 miles south of Mason City. The car then parked at a random driveway and Matz was taken into custody at around 2:30 p.m., police said.

A motive remains under investigation.

Matz is behind bars at the Cerro Gordo County Jail. His bond was set at $1 million. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 17 at 1:15 p.m.


PREVIOUS STORY: The names of the two victims found in a Mason City home have been released.

According to the Mason City police, the victims were Kenneth Hackbart, 61, of Mason City and his wife, Kathleen Hackbart, 64, of Mason City. Police also said that Codie Matz was the Hackbart's grandson.

The criminal complaint states that both victims were stabbed to death and that their vehicle was missing.

Police said Tuesday afternoon near a rural address by Bondurant, Iowa, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper saw the vehicle and began to follow it. Eventually, Matz pulled into a driveway and parked. Authorities went in and arrested Matz on the spot.

Matz's preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 17 at 1:15 p.m. His bond is set at $1 million.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Mason City man arrested Tuesday in connection with two bodies being found in a home is now officially charged.

According to the Mason City police, Codie Matz, 25, of Mason City, is charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder. He is currently being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail.

Police also noted that at 2 p.m. Wednesday, they will release the names of the two victims.

Stay with KXLT for the latest.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Mason City man, who police are calling a material witness, is in custody after two bodies were found inside a home Tuesday morning.

The Mason City Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that 25-year-old Codie Michael Matz was taken into custody in another county. He was then brought back to Cerro Gordo County.

Investigators said at around 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, officers conducted a welfare check at a home on the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest. But once inside, they found two bodies.

Police said the deceased individuals were both adults. But their names have not been released. As investigators wait for autopsy results to determine the causes of death, they are treating the case as a homicide investigation.

Police are calling Matz a material witness, but have not said what his relationship was with the two people found dead. 

Mason City Police Capt. Mike McKelvey said the public was instrumental in helping law enforcement find Matz.

"We just appreciate all the public's help," said McKelvey. "We got a lot of tips [Tuesday] afternoon -- some good, some sketchy. But again, with the public's help and some other means, I think we were able to locate Codie fairly quickly. So again, being that he traveled outside the area, that added a little time to the investigation. But again, we appreciate everyone's help."

McKelvey said as of Tuesday, officers were not searching for anyone else.

There's no word on a motive in the two deaths. Police are expected to release more information on Wednesday.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation is assisting with the case.


PREVIOUS STORY: Mason City police are asking for the public's help in locating a material witness after two bodies were found in a home.

According to the police, at 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, the department conducted a welfare check at a home in the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest, in Mason City, Iowa. When officers went inside the home, they found two bodies.

Law enforcement is asking for the public's help in locating Codie Michael Matz, 25, of Mason City. Police say Matz is wanted as a material witness in the ongoing investigation.

In the press release, the police say Matz may be armed and suicidal.

Police believe Matz is driving a dark green 1996 Chrysler Sebring, with the Iowa license plate number: LE007.

Matz was last seen in the Mason City area around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Matz is encouraged to call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

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