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Spirit Lake man charged with first-degree murder

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — A 21-year-old Spirit Lake man has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder following the death of a woman Sunday night in rural Spirit Lake.

The body of Sarah Renee Grimmius, 36, of Jackson, was found by Dickinson County Sheriff’s deputies following a call about an unresponsive female at 10:25 p.m. Sunday on 28th Street in rural Spirit Lake.

Tailer James Handsacker was arrested and booked into the Dickinson County Jail. 

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation of the murder.  The office is being assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Spirit Lake Police, Arnolds Park Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Attorney’s Office, Spirit Lake Rescue and Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance.

Handsacker made his initial court appearance this morning and is currently being held on $500,000 bond.