Suspect in Amber Alert Located, Charged with Killing Girlfriend

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa -- The suspect in an abduction Wednesday evening that prompted an Amber Alert has been charged with murder.

Shaun Hogan, 36, is accused of killing 29-year-old Crystal Gaffney. Officials found Gaffney's body in rural Linn County on Wednesday morning.

Hogan was listed as the possible abductor in the Amber Alert that was issued late Wednesday night. The three girls were later found safe. Officials said Gaffney is the mother of the three girls, Hogan is the father of one.

The Amber Alert was issued out of Black Hawk County at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Police were looking for three girls aged between eight months old and 8-years-old. They were reported missing at 3 p.m. Wednesday but were found safe in Waterloo.

Hogan was located in a Waterloo apartment Thursday afternoon. He is currently being held in the Linn County Jail without bond.


  • William Denison

    Girls abducted almost two years to the date as the other two girls from Evansdale. I hope law enforcement can take this guy alive for questioning in that case.

  • William Denison

    Law enforcement please send at least one unit to 7 Bridges park ASAP just to be on the safe side.

  • Ashley hegwiod

    Prayers for their families. The world today is damaged by people like this. I’m a mother of 3. 2 boys and a daughter and I just don’t understand how someone could do this still

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  • Sally

    I hope there is a loving family member who can take those little girls in so they can be raised together. Horrible that they lost their mother, tragic to lose one another also. My sympathies to this poor girls friends and family!

  • Gib Pleh

    The worthless judges and parole boards who keep allowing thugs like him back out on the street need to be held liable. The family members of the victims should always be able to sue those insulated liberal elite pukes.

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