Authorities Release Names of 3 Found Dead at Bancroft Home

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BANCROFT, Iowa -- Authorities have identified the three people found dead at a residence in Bancroft last Friday.

The Kossuth County Sheriff's Office received a report last Friday about two deceased individuals at a residence in the 500 block of S. Morehouse Street. When police arrived, they found a third body at the residence.

Police found 22-year-old Mason Alrik Cederwall and 30-year-old Amy Lynn Manna. Manna was a resident of the home. The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office determined both Cederwall and Manna were shot to death.

The third body found was 30-year-old Austin James Bernhard of Bancroft. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities said Bernhard was Manna's ex-boyfriend. Bernard was arrested July 4 for assault and burglary charges in an incident involving the two victims.

According to court documents, Bernhard broke into Manna’s home on July 4 and punched Cederwall in the face and head. Bernhard was arrested and charged with felony burglary and assault causing injury.

There was a no-contact order issued between Bernhard and the two victims.

He bonded out of jail a week before the bodies were found.

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