UPDATE: Victim identified after alleged murder on Mortensen in Ames

The victim of an alleged homicide that took place in west Ames last week has been identified.

According to an Ames Police Department press release, the deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Maria L. Hanian of Des Moines.

According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, Hanian’s body was found at approximately 6:10 p.m. Thursday evening inside an apartment located at 5308 Mortensen Road. “We were called to the residence by a person who believed they were on the phone while a victim was being assaulted at [5308 Mortensen Road],” he stated. “We responded to the scene, made entry, and found a deceased female inside the residence who had been shot several times.”

Follow-up investigation led authorities to identify 26-year-old Oscar Chavez of Ames as a suspect in the homicide.

Sac County Sheriff’s deputies located Chavez near Auburn, Iowa at 11:55 p.m. Thursday. He was taken into custody and was transported back to Story County, where he is currently being held.

26-year-old Oscar Chavez is currently being held at the Story County Jail after allegedly murdering a woman in Ames on Thursday. (Photo: Story County Jail)

Tuttle noted that a firearm was recovered during the investigation.

Chavez faces a charge of First-Degree Murder, a class “A” felony.

Ames PD is continuing its homicide investigation and is asking the public to report any pertinent information with regards to Chavez. “It doesn’t take long to get up to [Sac County],” Tuttle said. “We are asking for anyone who may have seen him between here and Sac County to contact us. We are trying to backtrack him.”

Ames PD can be contacted by calling 515-239-5133.

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