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Marengo man implicated in murder/suicide

Christopher Allyn Vogt
Tawny Jo Tomberlin

A rural Marengo man has been implicated in the murder of his ex-girlfriend and the attempted murder of two other people.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department report, Christopher Allyn Vogt, 42, allegedly shot and killed Tawny Jo Tomberlin, 43, Friday, Jan. 22, at 7100 Mt. Vernon Road, Lot 24, rural Cedar Rapids. The incident occurred at approximately 7:31 p.m.

According to the report, the Linn County Sheriff’s 911 received a call from 7100 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lot 24, advising that a shooting had occurred at that residence. Responding deputies found Tomberlin fatally injured from a gunshot wound.  Also, Tomberlin’s brother, Duane Roy Tomberlin Jr., 48, and James Edward Campbell, 27, had been shot. Their wounds appeared to be non-life threatening . A male suspect identified as Vogt left the scene in a red Chevrolet pickup truck.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the United States Marshal’s Office began searching the area in an attempt to locate Vogt. 

At approximately 11:29 p.m., Linn County Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect’s vehicle in a farm field off of E. Bertram Road, west of Irish Lane. After approaching the vehicle, Vogt was found deceased in the vehicle from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Duane Tomberlin Jr. was transported by area ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Campbell, Duane Tomberlin’s son-in-law, was transported by area ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital. No condition reports were available.

The incident remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Linn County Medical Examiner.

Vogt, the son of John and Carol Ann Vogt, lived with his parents northeast of Marengo on F15 Boulevard.

He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1986.

He was employed by Goodyear, Kinze Manufacturing and presently had been a mechanic with Amana Farms.

A memorial fund has been established for his children’s education.

Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Tawny Jo “Bones” Tomberlin has two sons, Matthew and Michael, and two daughters, Sabrina and Cassie, all of Cedar Rapids. Preceding Tawny in death were her parents, Duane Tomberlin and Mary Myers Smith.

She was born Jan. 27, 1966, in Hudson, Wis. She lived in Cedar Rapids most of her life. Tawny worked at Big ‘G’ Grocery Store, Marengo, and worked as a sandblaster in her spare time.

Memorials in Tawny’s honor will be used as a college fund for her children. They may be sent in care of Morgan Funeral and Cremation Choices, 715 10th Ave. SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.

A gathering will be at a later date when Duane Tomberlin is discharged from the hospital and well enough to attend.

UPDATED January 27, 2010 12:08 PM

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