Press Releases

Death Investigation 12-8-2013 (updated 12/10/13)

Tailer Handsacker (click for large photo)The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1, 28th St., rural Spirit Lake for an unresponsive female at 10:25PM on December 8th, 2013. The female was deceased when Sheriff’s Deputies arrived. The death is being investigated as a homicide. The victim is identified as Sarah Renee Grimmius (36) of Jackson Minnesota.

Tailer James Handsaker (21) of Spirit Lake Iowa has been arrested and booked into the Dickinson County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Murder.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Spirit Lake Police, Arnolds Park Police, Jackson County MN Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Attorney’s Office, Spirit Lake Rescue and LRH Ambulance.

This is an active investigation. Please do not call the Sheriff’s Office for information. Further information regarding this incident will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty

12/10/13 Update: Handsaker made his initial court appearance this morning and is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

Note: Correct spelling is H-A-N-D-S-A-K-E-R.

Location & Contact Info

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Physical Address
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1200
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Phone
(t) 712-336-2793
(f) 712-336-1946