Police: Man wanted in connection to Mason City homicide taken into custody

Mason City police chief Jeff Brinkley confirmed the information just before 3 p.m.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 3:05 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 10:30 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - According to Mason City police, Codie Matz, wanted in connection to a homicide investigation in Mason City, has been taken into custody.
Mason City police chief Jeff Brinkley confirmed the information just before 3 p.m.
Matz was taken into custody near Bondurant, Iowa, and is being taken back to Cerro Gordo County.
Police were looking for the 25-year-old Matz in connection to a homicide investigation at 327 27th St. SW in Mason City where two bodies were found this morning.
Letha Markwardt didn't expect her morning to start out like this.
“I was just sitting here and I heard all this noise and it made me curious to see what's going on and then I saw the police cars I was very upset, wondering what in the world is going on,” Markwardt said.
She's lived on 27th street SW for more than 50 years, raising her kids in this neighborhood. She never though police would come knocking at her door, like this.
“It’s just kind of makes you sick to your stomach. You don't think that will happen around you, it upset me,” Markwardt said.
Mason City Police are working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in order to figure out what happened. Cerro Gordo County property records show Kenneth and Kathleen Hackbart own the home. Neighbors claim they're the grandparents of Motz. Two people Markwardt says she talked to over the fence a time or two.
“It’s disturbing to think this sort of thing goes on, it just disturbs a person,” Markwardt said.
Markwardt says what usually is a quiet neighborhood has turned into a crime scene, something she never saw coming.

Area schools were contacted by Mason City Police after they found the bodies and described the witness might be armed and dangerous.
An email was sent to teachers by Mason City Schools that they were under a soft lockdown, meaning no students were allowed out of the building until dismissal. Mason City Police did not advise the lockdown and the email stresses authorities did not believe students were in harm’s way.
“You never know what the person may do, where they may go. Who they are friends with or may contact, etc,” Captain Mike McKelvey said.

The identities of the victims have not been released.
A press release issued just before noon Tuesday listed Matz as a "material witness."
Police cautioned that Matz may be armed and suicidal.
At 7:43 this morning, police conducted a welfare check at the residence in Mason City's southwest side. Upon making entry, officers found two bodies.
According to property information in Cerro Gordo County, the home is owned by Kenneth and Kathleen Hackbart.
Law enforcement believed Matz was driving a dark green 1996 Chrysler Sebring with license plate LE007.

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