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Man charged with murder after body found in Hardin County residence

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 5:06 PM CDT
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UNION, Iowa (KCRG) - Law enforcement officials in Hardin County are continuing an investigation into a death that they said was a homicide.

Osborn Eugene Gavel, 22, of Baxter, Ark., was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

At around 5:33 a.m., the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a report of an unresponsive male in the 300 block of Commercial Street in Union. Deputies found Steve Reece, 74, inside a bedroom in the residence there. Officials believe that Reece died as a result of allegedly being struck by Gavel.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said that Gavel and others had been staying with Reece the night before his body was found.

Gavel is being held in the Hardin County Jail.

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