UPDATE: Body of female found in field near Wayland identified

By The Union Staff

WAYLAND — The Henry County Sheriff’s office has identified the body of a woman found in a field near Wayland the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 9.

Brandy Mae Shepherd-Margita, 29, of Anamosa was found deceased in a field her the 1200 grid of Highway 78. At the time of the discovery, the Sheriff’s office stated, “At this time, no risk to the public exists.”

According to a news release, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a deceased body in a field on Friday, Aug. 9, at 12:04 p.m. A deceased female was located in a farm field and an autopsy was scheduled. At the time, the identity of the female was being withheld until the notification of next of kin.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.