Des Moines woman identified as Ames homicide victim

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(Ames, IA) -- Ames Police are releasing the name of a woman killed August 19th. Police say 32-year-old Maria Hanian of Des Moines was found shot to death in an apartment in the 58-hundred block of Mortenson Road. Twenty-six-year-old Oscar Chavez is charged with First Degree Murder and is in the Story County Jail.

Chavez was stopped by Sac County Sheriff’s deputies near Auburn, Iowa at 11:55 p.m. on August 19, 2021. Chavez was taken into custody and charged with Murder in the 1st Degree, a class “A” felony.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133 or the anonymous tip line 515-239-5533. You may also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400. Online anonymous tips may be submitted to Questions regarding this press release m

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