NORA SPRINGS - Police are investigating the death of a 47-year-old Nora Springs woman whose body was found in her garage late Friday afternoon.

Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer identified the woman as Mindy Venz, who lived at 207 First St. S.E.

Bill Basler of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the death is being handled as suspicious.

Gary Venz, 54, the woman's husband, was taken into custody at the home a short time after the death was reported at 5:41 p.m.

He is being held in the Floyd County Jail on a charge of violating a no-contact order, according to Dettmer.

Basler declined to say how the woman died.

The Venz house, surrounded by yellow tape, was being treated as a crime scene.

The front door of the house was propped open, two sport utility vehicles were in the driveway and a light at the corner of the house, over the driveway, was on.

As of 9 p.m., the scene had not been touched.

"Right now, we're in the process of getting a search warrant so we can go in and investigate," Basler said.

A team of crime scene investigators from the DCI Crime Lab in Ankeny was expected to arrive in Nora Springs late Friday night.

A neighbor, Tana Bagur, said Mindy Venz had not lived in the little white house for very long.

Bagur said a friend was leaving her house around supper time when a law enforcement official with an assault rifle told him to get back in the house.

"It's just horrible," she said of the death as Floyd County Sheriff's deputies guarded the scene Friday evening.

"It makes me real nervous about small towns anymore. That's why I moved away from the big city, to get away from all the noise and the violence," Bagur said.

Contact Bob Link at (641) 421-0538 or

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