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Mason City deaths

Police say two bodies were found in a home in southwest Mason City Tuesday.

MASON CITY — A man considered to be a witness in the deaths of two people found in a Mason City home Tuesday is in custody, police said Tuesday afternoon.

The Mason City Police Department announced Codie Matz, 25, of Mason City, had been taken into custody about 3 p.m.

Police as of Tuesday afternoon have not charged him with a crime, but said he was wanted as a “material witness in an ongoing situation.”

Two bodies were discovered during a welfare check of a home in the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest about 7:43 a.m., the department said in a news release Tuesday morning. Police have not identified the people who died.

Police asked for public’s help in locating Matz, who had not been seen since 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Matz was taken into custody in Bondurant, KCCI-TV reported Tuesday afternoon. Bondurant, in Polk County, is a northeastern suburb of Des Moines.

He was believed to have been heading to Cedar Falls, Police Chief Jeff Olson confirmed. Matz had contacts in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area, Olson said, but his department didn’t have any contact with him Tuesday.

Matz, who was being transported back to Cerro Gordo County, lived in the single-story blue house in southwest Mason City, according to court documents.

A neighbor confirmed the home is owned by an older married couple. Police haven’t identified the people found dead in the house.

Letha Markwardt has lived in the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest since the mid-1960s. She said she has talked to the couple in passing, who she said were “always very nice.”

Markwardt also met Matz, who she said was “cordial” to her.

She said it was “tragic” and “shocking” to hear what happened in her neighborhood.

“This area has had its difficulties, but you just don’t think this would happen,” Markwardt said late Tuesday morning.

She woke up around 5 a.m., and noticed police activity at her neighbors’ around 7 or 7:30 a.m., she said.

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