UPDATE 11/19/19 – A rancher found a tub inside a stock trailer and called police when he thought he found human remains. Deputies confirmed the remains were human and also saw personal items in the tub. After further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said it believes the remains possibly belonged to one of the Diemel brothers.
UPDATE Oct. 23, 2019 – On Wednesday, Garland Joey Nelson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, relating to the disappearance of missing Nick and Justin Diemel.
“Authorities state burned human remains were found in a manure pile on the property in Braymer, and based on DNA comparisons, it is believed the remains are those of Nick and Justin Diemel. Authorities also noted blood stains were found on clothing belonging to Garland Nelson. DNA confirmed that blood belonged to Nick Diemel.“
According to KMBC news:
“Authorities said in the affidavit it is believed Nick and Justin Diemel never left Nelson’s property and were intentionally killed. Documents state Nelson eventually told authorities when he arrived back at the farm, he found two bodies believed to belong to Nick and Justin Diemel, each dead and stuffed inside a 55-gallon metal barrel in a pole barn just south of the residence. The affidavit states the bodies were moved through a pasture one at a time in a skid loader bucket to an adjacent pasture where they were covered with diesel fuel and burned. After they were burned, Nelson said one or both of the bodies were placed in a manure pile by a metal barn. He said a skid loader was used to crush the barrels and the remains were placed elsewhere on the property. Documents show Nelson said he returned to the pole barn at one point and used a shovel to remove what he believed to be blood from the floor where it is believed the brothers were killed.“
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Nick and Justin Diemel from Wisconsin were last known to be visiting the Nelson farm in Missouri. They owned their own cattle business in Shawano County and had come to the Nelson farm for a cattle deal but never returned home.
The Nelson farm located in Braymer, Missouri was searched extensively but the Diemel brothers have not been located.
Friday, Garland “Joey” Nelson, 25, was arrested and appeared in Court on Monday where the Judge held him without bond after he allegedly drove the Diemel brother’s rental truck and abandoned it last week in Holt. Documents say Nelson was arrested after he admitting to ditching the truck in another Missouri county, according to Fox News. Previously, Nelson had served two years in prison for selling cattle that he didn’t own, Fox4KC reported. Authorities believe he was doing the same thing again, and selling cattle he did not have to the Diemel brothers.
The Green Bay Press Gazette reports:
“GPS information from the truck’s black box shows the vehicle arrived around 9:30 a.m. July 21 at Nelson’s Catawba Road address, near Braymer, after leaving a hotel in Cameron, Missouri, around 8:50 a.m. The hotel confirmed Nicholas and Justin signed out Sunday morning, according to the affidavit. At 11:44 a.m. July 21, the truck left Nelson’s address. At 12:18 p.m. and 12:19 July 21, the truck was recorded passing by security cameras in Polo, Missouri, and “there appears to be no passenger in the front passenger seat,” the affidavit states. At 12:45 p.m., the truck entered the commuter lot in Holt and was ‘left running with the keys in the ignition and lights on.'”
The authorities have concluded that the Diemel brothers are likely deceased and continue to search for their location.