MASON CITY | A man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder after two bodies were found in a Mason City home Tuesday. 

Codie Matz, 25, of Mason City, had been taken into custody about 3 p.m. and was charged in the evening. He is held without bond. No court date has been set. 


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. He was later charged with two counts of first-degree murder and held without bail in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. An initial court date has not been set. 

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.

He was believed to have been heading south from Mason City, 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 was taken into custody in Bondurant, KCCI-TV reported Tuesday afternoon. Bondurant is located in Polk County and is a northeastern suburb of Des Moines.

Matz lived in the single-story blue house in southwest Mason City, according to court documents. The house, which is located across the street from the former Madison School property, was surrounded by yellow police tape Tuesday morning.

A neighbor confirmed the home is owned by an older married couple. The Globe Gazette is withholding the names of the homeowners, as 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.

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Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agents and local police investigate the scene where two bodies were found in a home on the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest on Tuesday.

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' single-story blue house around 7 or 7:30 a.m., she said.

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Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agents and local police investigate the scene where two bodies were found in a home on the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest on Tuesday.

“I didn’t know what was going on, but I didn’t think it could be good,” Markwardt said.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, who is investigating with the Mason City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, arrived on the scene about 12:45 p.m.

Several social media posts and comments claimed the Mason City Family YMCA, located about a mile from the house where the bodies were found, was on lock down Tuesday morning. The Globe Gazette confirmed with the Mason City YMCA that it was never on lock down.

Police said they will release more information as the investigation continues.


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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. 

Mason City Police Department announced Codie Matz, 25, of Mason City, has been taken into custody. Matz has not been charged with a crime. Police said Matz is being transported back to Cerro Gordo County. 

Police said they will release more information as the investigation continues. They have not identified the two people who died. 


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MASON CITY | The house where police found two bodies Tuesday morning is owned by an older married couple, a neighbor confirmed. 

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."

Police have not released the identities of the bodies found inside the house. 

"This area has had its difficulties, but you just don't think this would happen," Markwardt said late Tuesday morning. Police said the bodies were discovered during a welfare check about 7:43 a.m., but haven't provided any further information. 

She woke up around 5 a.m., and noticed police activity at her neighbors' single-story blue house around 7 or 7:30 a.m., she said.

The house, which is located across the street from the former Madison School property, is surrounded by yellow police tape. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrived on scene about 12:45 p.m. 

Markwardt had also met Codie Matz, who she said was "cordial" to her. Police say Matz, a Mason City resident, is wanted as a "material witness in the ongoing situation."

Matz, 25, was last seen the Mason City area around 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said. He may be in a dark green 1996 Chrysler Sebring with Iowa license plate LE007 and may be armed, according to police. 

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

Several social media posts and comments claimed the Mason City Family YMCA, located about a mile from the house where the bodies were found, was on lock down this morning. The Globe Gazette confirmed with the Mason City YMCA that it was never on lock down.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more information. 


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MASON CITY | Two bodies were discovered Tuesday morning during a welfare check at a residence in southwest Mason City, according to police. 

The Mason City Police Department said in a news release the bodies, who have not been identified, were discovered during a check of a home in the 300 block of 27th Street Southwest about 7:43 a.m. 

The single-story blue house, which was surrounded by police tape, is owned by a male and female with the same last name, according to online property records. It is located across the street from the former Madison School property. 

Police are asking for the public's help in locating Codie Michael Matz, a 25-year-old white male from Mason City. Matz is wanted as a "material witness in the ongoing situation," police said. 

Matz may be in a dark green 1996 Chrysler Sebring with Iowa license plate LE007, police said, and may be armed. 

He was last seen in the Mason City area around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 641-421-3636.

The deaths are being investigated by the Mason City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

This is a developing story. Check back later for more information. 

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