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Human remains found on farm where Diemels last sighted

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Court filings say brothers died July 21
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David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent


Garland “Joey” Nelson Courtesy of Iowa Public Television

Human remains have been found on a farm in Braymer, Missouri, the last known location of Nick Diemel, 35, and his 24-year-old brother, Justin Diemel, according to the Associated Press, on July 31.

“The cause of death has not been determined,” Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said in a report from KMBC, a Kansas City television station. “This is still an active investigation and the human remains have not been identified at this time. Investigators are still working with Frontier forensic doctors to figure out what took place.”

Fish said he could not comment on how or where the remains in Braymer were found, according to KMBC.

The brothers haven’t been seen since July 21; the last date they communicated with friends and family before meeting Garland “Joey” Nelson about a cattle deal at Nelson’s farm in northeast Missouri. The brothers flew into Kansas City from Milwaukee on July 20 and rented a white Ford F-250 pickup truck. They stayed overnight in Cameron, Missouri, before going to Braymer.

Missouri authorities have called their investigation of the disappearance “an active death investigation” since July 25.

Another Kansas City television station, KSHB, reported Fish as saying, “Investigators are still working with Frontier Forensics doctors to determine what took place. Investigators will continue to follow up on leads, and if you have information, we urge you to call.”

Fish said the only suspect remains Garland “Joey” Nelson.

Nelson remains in custody in the Caldwell County jail in Kingston, Missouri, pending a bond hearing Aug. 1. He is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, a first-class felony under state law.

Court documents say when investigators questioned Nelson, he admitted to driving the truck from his farm and abandoning it at a Kansas City suburban commuter lot with the lights on and motor running. Lisa Diemel said the brothers’ wallets and cell phones weren’t found in the vehicle, according to Kansas City television reports.

Still undisclosed is how Nelson, after leaving the truck in Holt, returned to his Braymer home.

Law enforcement has been searching sites in Caldwell and Clinton counties for 10 days since the Diemels were reported missing.

Lisa Diemel has asked a Shawano County judge to give her control of the estates of her husband Nick and her brother-in-law Justin according to court filings. Court documents state it is necessary to appoint a special administrator because “There is an operating business that needs to be administered until full probate administration can be commenced.”

If granted, she will receive letters of special administration to operate Diemels Livestock, the family business.

The filings in probate court show the brothers’ date of death as July 21. No death certificates appear in the public record.

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