Brenda Dailey

Brenda Ann Dailey’s last Facebook profile photo (Courtesy Facebook)

Brenda Ann Dailey


Brenda Dailey
53 YOA
702 Monona Street
Mapleton, Iowa
Monona County
Monday, August 24, 2015


Brenda Dailey, 53, was badly beaten in her Mapleton, Iowa, home on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, before being pushed down her basement stairs.

According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Mapleton Police Department received a 911 call for an unresponsive female at 702 Monona Street in Mapleton on Monday, Aug. 24, at approximately 10:30 a.m.

After police, paramedics, and first responders arrived, Dailey was transported by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City where she later died.

A neighbor, who didn’t want to appear on camera, told KTIV Channel 4 News she witnessed authorities remove Dailey from her home, KTIV reported Aug. 25, 2015.

The neighbor says Dailey looked like she was beaten up and had bruises all over her body.

Courtesy photo Kathy Boehm, The Sioux City Journal
Law enforcement agencies are investigating the Monday, Aug. 24, death of Brenda Dailey, 53, of Mapleton.

Dr. Dennis Klein of the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa, conducted the autopsy on Ms. Dailey on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. No further information will be released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.

The Mapleton Police Department requested the assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and is also being assisted by the Monona County Sheriff’s Office and the Monona County Attorney’s Office.

Three and a half weeks after Dailey’s homicide, Mapleton police were faced with yet another alleged “falling down the steps” death in the small west-central Iowa town.

Dan Hieber

Dan Hieber

Daniel “Dan” Hieber, 58, who lived outside Mapleton but had a Castana address, was found near death at the bottom of a staircase at 823 Main Street in Mapleton around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

The woman who owned the home told officers he’d “fallen down the stairs after going to the bathroom,” but Hieber’s family members said his body contained no bruises or scratches or any type of injuries consistent with falling down a flight of stairs.

Due to the sensitive nature surrounding other ongoing investigations in the area, very little information has appeared in the media about either Dailey’s or Hieber’s case other than the initial details released to the public shortly after each death.

About Brenda Ann Dailey (from her obituary)

Brenda Ann (Wittenhagen) Dailey was born to Larry and Katherine (Matthews) Wittenhagen on December 4, 1961, in Mitchell, South Dakota. Brenda grew up and went to school in the Mitchell, South Dakota area and later went on to earn her GED.

Brenda enlisted in the United States Navy, and upon returning home from her service, married Douglas Geibe in 1986. To this union two sons were born, Derek and Kyle.

The family made their home in the Aurelia, Iowa area. The couple owned and operated Carnival games as well as team trucked across the nation with their boys. Brenda was also employed as a welder.

The couple later parted ways. Brenda was a free spirt and lived various places such as South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia and Maine just to name a few.

Brenda enjoyed traveling, arm wrestling, writing poetry, going to the shooting range and she expressed herself by getting tattoos.

She passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

Brenda Dailey

Brenda Dailey (Obituary photo)

Brenda loved spending time with her family — especially her grandchildren. She relished being a grandmother and took great pride in it. She will be missed by her dogs Deeogie and Salina who provided companionship and kept her company.

Brenda is survived by a son, Kyle (Nicole) Geibe of Battle Creek, Iowa; grandchildren, Bria and Jordan; her father, Larry Wittenhagen of Mitchell, South Dakota; siblings, Randy Wittenhagen of Renton, Washington, Bonnie Jones of Clearwater, Florida, Jeff (Jeanie) Matthews of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sharon (Rick) Youngbluth of Mitchell, South Dakota, Larry (Ruth) Wittenhagen of Mitchell, South Dakota, Travis (Jen) Wittenhagen of Mitchell, South Dakota, Jason Wittenhagen of Mitchell, South Dakota; and extended family and friends.

Brenda was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Wittenhagen; a son, Derek Geibe; and a brother, Larry Lee Wittenhagen.

The Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove handled arrangements.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home, with the Reverend Ken Miller officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, also at the funeral home.

Condolences could be sent online to

Information Needed

If you have any information about Brenda Dailey’s unsolved death please contact Special Agent Darrell Simmons of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (712) 322-1585.

You may also contact the FBI’s local field office at (712) 258-1920.


3 Responses to Brenda Dailey

  1. linda says:

    I believe the lady that owned the home to Dan Heiber had something to do with this.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    I wonder if someone did not care for her free spirit. She served her country, and someone decided she deserved to suffer maybe for some thing that she may have said or done. I like that the authorities have not released even basic details such if there were any signs of a forced entry, any signs of a struggle.

    I wonder if she had any connection to the beating of Mr. Hieber. Since the incident took place in the same jurisdiction. I wonder why the landlord claimed he fell after getting out of the shower. Did she witness him falling down, was the floor wet leading to where he allegedly fell.

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