Human remains found on Missouri property as search for missing Wisconsin brothers drags on

BRAYMER, Mo. — Investigators announced on Wednesday, July 31 that human remains have been located at the search area in Braymer, Missouri. The cause of death on those human remains has not been determined — and the remains have not been identified at this time.

Nicholas Diemel, Justin Diemel

Authorities are investigating the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers they say are presumed dead after visiting Missouri. Nicholas Diemel, 35, and his 24-year-old brother, Justin Diemel, haven’t been seen since July 21 when they missed a flight back to Wisconsin after visiting northwest Missouri on a trip for the livestock business they operate in Bonduel.

Nicholas Diemel’s wife, Lisa Diemel, filed a petition Tuesday in Shawano County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court asking a judge to appoint her as a special administrator for the estates. It lists the brothers’ date of death as July 21.

Authorities have not indicated why they believe the brothers are dead.

The Diemel brothers traveled to Clinton and Caldwell counties in Missouri for business deal related to their livestock company. Authorities said Monday they didn’t know the details of the deal.

Garland Nelson

Authorities on Monday charged Garland Nelson, 25, of Braymer, with tampering with a vehicle. Charging documents say Nelson abandoned the Diemel brothers’ rental truck in a commuter parking lot near Holt after they visited one of his farm operations. Deputies found the truck in the lot on July 22. The court documents say Nelson admitted to leaving the truck there.

Nelson has been held without bond at the Caldwell County Detention Center.

Online court records do not name an attorney for him.

Nelson was sentenced in 2016 to two years in prison for selling more than 600 head of cattle that did not belong to him. Federal prosecutors said at the time that Nelson pleaded guilty to cattle fraud that caused more than $262,000 in losses. He was released from prison in March 2018.

He also pleaded guilty in August 2015 to two misdemeanor counts of passing bad checks.

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