Roger Brown

Roger Brown

Roger Brown


Roger Alan Brown
YOA: 55
200 blk of 8th St. SW
Dayton, IA
Webster County
Investigating Agency: Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Dayton Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
September 29, 2015

Roger Alan Brown, 55, was found dead inside his trailer in the 200 block of Eighth Street SW in Dayton, Iowa, on Wednesday morning, September 30, 2015. A news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety said the man appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, but did not initially classify his death as a homicide.

The body was sent to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny that same day, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) called in to assist in the investigation.

Date of death was Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.

Wendel Clark

Wendel Clark

Eight days after Brown’s shooting, Wendel Clark, 30, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, of two gunshot wounds after being shot in the driver’s seat of his car about a block from his home.

The state medical examiner’s office also ruled his death a homicide.



Authorities released new information Friday in the case of a man found dead in his camper in Dayton on Wednesday.


Webster County Sheriff James Stubbs said autopsy results show Roger Alan Brown, 55, of Dayton, died from a gunshot wound and the manner of death will be certified as homicide.

Wednesday, officers were sent to the home in the 200 block of 8th Street Southwest on a report of an unresponsive man.

Two women called 911 to report what they found. They told police he didn’t show up for a medical appointment on Monday.

The man was found to be dead from a gunshot wound inside a camper. An autopsy is planned today by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Small towns don’t have these problems, you know s it’s really shocking to all the folks here in town,” said Dayton resident Leroy Jones.

“We’re treating it as what it could be — anything. We’re not ruling out any options,” said Stubbs.

The man has been identified as Roger Alan Brown, 55.  He lived in the trailer home.

Dayton Police Chief Wayne Pigman said Brown didn’t have a criminal record and it appears he didn’t have any enemies.

“We’re checking all avenues, but from what we get through he seems like he kept himself so we don’t think any, we can’t come up with enemies right now,” said Pigman.

Brown lived in the trailer since 2006.

Residents said Brown was known for riding a mower around town and everyone knew him.

“I think every small town’s got a character and you might say Roger was ours, but he was good guy, kind of quiet, didn’t say much,” said Jones.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in the investigation.

A crime scene investigation team remained at the trailer during the early afternoon hours. The case remains under investigation.

About Roger A. Brown

Roger A. Brown, 55, passed away on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, at his home in Dayton.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., with a time of sharing at 11.30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Dayton. Pastor Kay. Christie will officiate. Burial will in the Dayton Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the United Methodist Church. For online obituaries and condolences please visit:

Roger Alan Brown was born on January 15, 1960, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Robert Eugene Brown and Opal (Radcliffe) Brown. He attended Dawes Elementary & Jr. High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, and went on to receive his GED from Southeast Community College.

Roger was known as a free spirit, and a kind and gentle soul. He made his home in Dayton where he did handyman jobs and made many friends and acquaintances. Roger loved the outdoors and nature, and walking or riding his lawnmower around Dayton. He enjoyed leatherwork, woodworking, making birdfeeders, and tending to his garden and flowers. He attended the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include children, Stephany Martin of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Mike Hambrick of Christiansburg, Virginia; three grandchildren; Jayden Martin, Taliyah Martin, and Madeline Hambrick; his brother, Curtis (Rebecca) Brown of West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma; uncle, Wayne Radcliffe of Grand Island, Nebraska; aunts, Arlene Bong, Jane Sagness, and Cheryl Stephenson Brown all of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Jan Zemanek of Bridgeport, Nebraska; and many friends. His parents, and uncles, Leo Radcliffe and Bob Radcliffe, preceded him in death.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Information Needed

Law enforcement asked that anyone who may have witnessed or heard anything unusual during the evening or the morning hours of Monday or Tuesday to contact the Webster County Sheriff’s Office at (515) 573-1410 or Crime Stoppers at (515) 573-1444.

In addition to the award posted in (Wendel Clark’s case), an anonymous donor offered to match the $2,500 if another Webster County homicide is solved as well.

The crime remains under investigation by the Webster County Sheriff’s Department and Dayton Police Department.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in both homicides.



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