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Mystery now surrounds death of Iowa woman found dead in field

The body of Brandy Shepherd, 29, of Anamosa, Iowa, was discovered in a Henry County, Iowa, farm...
The body of Brandy Shepherd, 29, of Anamosa, Iowa, was discovered in a Henry County, Iowa, farm field last Friday, August 9, 2019. Investigators have not yet released her cause of death. (Heather Brokaw)(KWQC)
Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 4:04 PM CDT
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Three weeks after her body was discovered, investigators still do not know how or why Brandy Shepherd died.

“It’s extremely unusual to have a case like this with so little information this far along,” Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee told KWQC Thursday afternoon.

Shepherd, 29, of Anamosa, Iowa, was a

who became missing on August 2, according to her mother, Heather Brokaw.

One week later, on August 9,

nearly 100 miles from her home in a Henry County cornfield off Highway 78 west of Wayland, Iowa.

Shepherd was in the area 90 minutes southwest of Davenport, Iowa, visiting friends at the time she disappeared, Brokaw said.

There were not enough clues at the scene of the discovery to indicate how she died, and an autopsy by the Iowa Medical Examiner has found her cause of death to be undetermined, McNamee said.

In an August 15 Facebook post, Brokaw pushed back against speculation her daughter died by suicide by highlighting the location where her body was discovered.

“Brandy hated cornfields, she was allergic to the pesticides, she couldn’t even detassel when she was a teenager,” Brokaw wrote.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, continues to look for evidence and hopes to learn more from toxicology test results that are pending.

Brokaw believes a witness could help shed light on what happened.

"Somebody has to know something, saw her walking the day she went missing, anything," Brokaw said.

Investigators say no such person has come forward as of yet.

“Right now, we can’t rule anything in or anything out,” McNamee said.

“We want to hear from anyone who has information.”

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department may be reached at (319) 385-2712.