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Police seek "person of interest" in double murder

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Police have released the names of the victims of a double slaying in Ames.

Police say 34-year-old Shakena Varnell was found inside an apartment on the city's west side Saturday morning. Thirty-two-year-old Michael Odikro was found near the street in front of the apartments.

Police say they are still looking for a man identified as 33-year-old Atiba Spellman as a person of interest in the case.

Court records show that Spellman and Varnell had been living together and that Spellman was charged on Nov. 2 with trespassing at Odikro's apartment.

Iowa State University also put out an alert identifying Spellman as a student who lives off-campus. The university says Spellman is a sophomore in computer engineering.

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