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UPDATE: Walker woman found dead also mother of AMBER Alert kids

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Shaun Hogan, 36, is being sought by the Linn County Sheriff's Office Shaun Hogan, 36, is being sought by the Linn County Sheriff's Office
Linn County authorities released this photo Wednesday Linn County authorities released this photo Wednesday
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Family members say a woman found dead in Walker is also the mother of three children involved in an AMBER Alert Wednesday, and 36-year-old Shaun Hogan is being sought for questioning in both incidents.

An uncle of Crystal Gaffney says he recognized her tattoo in a picture released by the Linn County Sheriff's Department, and that Gaffney is the mother of 6-year-old Mia Gaffney, 8-year-old Brooklyn Gaffney, and 8-month-old Nevaeh Hogan.

Authorities issued an AMBER Alert at 10:15 Wednesday night to try and find the three children, along with their alleged abductor Shaun Hogan. The alert was canceled a short time later when the children were safely located in Waterloo, yet Hogan is still at large.

Hogan was originally believed to be in a 2001 red Pontiac Grand Am, but the Linn County Sheriff said he is no longer believed to be operating that vehicle.

Police describe Hogan as a 36-year-old black man standing about 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 250 pounds.

Lt. Michael McNamee with the Waterloo Police Department confirmed the link between the two cases Thursday morning.  A spokesman for the Division of Criminal Investigation says all information will come from the Linn County Sheriff's Office. 

Sheriff Brian Gardner says the body of the woman at the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny, and that the medical examiner will provide positive identification.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are also assisting.

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