Mason City, Iowa – Authorities say the two people killed Tuesday in Mason City were the grandparents of a man facing double murder charges.
According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the two people killed were 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and his wife, 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart.
Bill White, who knew the couple, woke up to a headline he couldn't believe.
“Shocking. It’s hard to describe how you feel,” White said.
White is Kathleen Hackbart's third cousin. She was the woman who police say was murdered alongside her husband.
“They would do anything for anybody before doing it for themselves,” White said.
Newly-released information reveals the two were stabbed around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Mason City Police received a call minutes later to do a welfare check on the two. White says he just saw Codie Matz, who's charged with the murders, days before.
“Just seen him about two three days ago and everything seemed to be OK, so it was shocking to read it and find out about it,” White said.
White said the grandparents cared for Matz very much to the point.
“They enjoyed going in their motor home and camping and riding the motorcycle in the summertime, and it was always family and they were always together and doing things together,” White said.
“They were a very loving, caring close knit family."
Police arrested Matz, 25, on Tuesday afternoon in Polk County and he is in the Cerro Gordo County Jail facing two counts of first-degree murder.
Matz lived at the residence, 327 27th St. SW. in Mason City, with the Hackbarts. Matz, the grandson of the Hackbarts, is being held on $1 million bond and is alleged to have stabbed the victims at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday, according to court documents.
Matz is scheduled for an initial appearance Nov. 17 at 1:15 at the Cerro Gordo County courthouse.
Mason City police officers were called to the residence for a welfare check at 7:43 a.m. Tuesday and two bodies were found inside. Matz was not there at that time.
According to the press release, Matz was taken into custody at a rural location near Bondurant, Iowa, near Des Moines, more than six hours later.
The vehicle Matz was driving was noticed by an Iowa State Trooper. As the trooper went to investigate the car, the vehicle turned into a driveway and parked.
Matz was already out of the car and was apprehended around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities say the crime scene on 27th St. SW will remain secured.
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