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UPDATE: Spirit Lake, Iowa man faces murder charge in the death of Jackson, Minn. woman

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21-year-old Tailer James Handsaker 21-year-old Tailer James Handsaker
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -

A murder investigation is underway in the Iowa Great Lakes Region.

21-year-old Tailer Handsaker of Spirit Lake is charged with first-degree murder after Dickinson County Sheriff's deputies found the body of a Jackson, Minnesota woman in his home.

The body of 36-year-old Sarah Grimmius was found Sunday night around 10:30p.m., but court documents indicate she had been dead since last Thursday, December 5.

Handsaker made his initial appearance in Dickinson County District Tuesday morning.

His bond was set at a $500,000.

Several agencies are investigating the situation. 

Jim Keeline's home is a few yards from the crime scene.  He said he knew something was wrong.

"I can see all the commotion up there, the police cars, the ambulances, everything. This type of thing is a somewhat rarity," Keeline said.  

 

Court documents show Handsaker has long "rap sheet." He's been arrested several times in the past two years for charges ranging from theft and assault on a peace officer to the possession of drug paraphernalia. 

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, in April, Handsaker was released from the Dickinson County Jail after serving time for an aggravated misdemeanor. 

In 2011, Handsaker had a probation violation and a weapons charge. 

That same year, Handsaker admitted to first-offense drunk driving.

Two more alcohol charges came in 2012, and  a charge of "harassing public officers and employees."



 

 

 

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