Mason City, Iowa Man charged in grandparents' murders

(Mason City, Iowa)  Mason City Police are releasing the names of a man and woman, found dead Tuesday morning in a home at 327 27th Street SW.   Authorities say officers found the bodies of 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and his wife, 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart at the address, while conducting a welfare check.  Codie Matz, the Hackbart's grandson was not there, and the Hackbart's vehicle was missing.

Authorities arrested Matz at a rural address near Bondurant Tuesday afternoon, after an Iowa State Trooper spotted the vehicle, missing from the Hackbart's address.  Matz turned into an apparent random driveway and parked, and got out of the vehicle.  He was arrested around 2:30 p.m.

Matz is being held without bond in the Cerro Gordo County Jail, charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.   


Codie Matz was taken into custody this (Tuesday) afternoon, and has been booked in the Cerro County Jail, charged with two counts of First Degree Murder. 


(Mason City, Iowa)  Mason City Police are looking for a man, they're calling a material witness in a homicide investigation. 

Police say 25-year-old Codie Matz of Mason City may be armed and suicidal, and he may be driving a dark green 1996 Chrysler Sebring, with Iowa plates L-E-007.

Matz was last seen in Mason City around 8 o'clock this (Tuesday) morning.

Officers were asked to do a welfare check at a residence in the 300-block of 27th Street SW around 

7:43 a.m this morning.   Upon making entry into the residence, they found two bodies.

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