UNION, Iowa - An Arkansas man is now facing a murder charge in Hardin County.
Osborn Eugene Gavel, 22 of Baxter, AR, has been booked into the Hardin County Jail for first-degree murder. Ther Sheriff's Office says Gavel struck and killed Steve Reece, 74 of Union.
Investigators say Gavel and others had stayed with Reece on Monday evening at his home in the 300 block of Commercial Street and Reece's body was found Tuesday morning. Deputies responded to a 911 call around 5:33 am about an unresponsive male and say they found Reece's body in the bedroom. His death was classified as suspicious.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says it requested the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and all results will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office for review.