Mason City, Iowa – A double homicide investigation is on-going in Mason City with a suspect in jail.
Police officers were called to a location on North Hampshire Avenue to investigate a report of a shooting around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Officers found 54 year old Melinda Kavars and 37-year old Caleb Christensen dead in the side.
30 year old Peter Veal of Lake Mills was apprehended around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. He has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and is currently being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Mason City Police Department with the investigation. Autopsies on the bodies are being performed at the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Court records show that Veal was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on October 8th on Hancock County warrants. He was wanted for criminal trespass. Prior to that, Veal had Winnebago and Hancock County warrants – he was wanted for disorderly conduct in Winnebago County and criminal trespass in Hancock County.
In 2014, Veal was arrested by Mason City police for assault, felony domestic strangulation, false imprisonment and third-degree criminal mischief.
The Mason City Police Department is asking for any additional information about Thursday morning’s incident. They can be called at 641-421-3636.
* Photos provided by Bob Fisher / KGLO *