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Ames police identify homicide victim as Des Moines woman

Police say 32-year-old Maria L. Hanian was found dead in an Ames apartment on Aug. 19.

AMES, Iowa — Ames police released the name of a homicide victim whose body was found in an apartment last week.

Maria L. Hanian, 32, of Des Moines was found dead in an apartment at 5308 Mortensen Road last Thursday during a welfare check. 

A press release from the Ames Police Department says the initial investigation found she had died "as a result of a homicide." 

26-year-old Oscar Chavez of Ames was taken into custody late Thursday night after being stopped by Sac County sheriff's deputies near Auburn, Iowa. He is charged with Murder in the First Degree.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Chavez is still listed as an inmate on the Story County Jail's website.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133, the anonymous tip line 515-239-5533 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online here.

Local 5 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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