Remains of 2 Missing Brothers Found in 2 Separate States

Officials ID remains of Nicholas and Justin Diemel in Mo., Neb.; Garland Nelson charged
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2019 7:30 AM CST
Remains of 2 Missing Brothers Found in 2 Separate States
Garland Nelson.   (Caldwell County Detention Center via AP, File)

The fate of two brothers from Wisconsin who went missing while on a business trip in July has now been confirmed. On Friday, authorities said that remains found in Caldwell County, Mo., and in Lincoln, Neb., were those of 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, respectively, Fox News reports. Identifications were made through dental records. The brothers from Shawano County were said to have gone to Braymer, Mo., to meet with Garland "Joey" Nelson about their livestock business and never returned home. Authorities found their truck on July 22 about 35 miles from Nelson's farm; Nelson's clothes, meanwhile, had traces of blood that DNA testing confirmed was from Nicholas Diemel, per WDAF. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says that brother's remains were found on a farm in Caldwell County.

A Nebraska rancher, meanwhile, stumbled across Justin Diemel's remains. Per WBAY, a Facebook post from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office notes the rancher had recently purchased a stock trailer in Missouri, and when he took a plastic tub out of the trailer to spread dirt in his driveway, he noticed what he thought to be human remains inside the tub. Deputies confirmed the remains were "definitely human," per the post. Prosecutors accuse Nelson of shooting the brothers, getting rid of their vehicle, then hiding the men in a metal barrel on his property before finally moving the bodies, burning them, and concealing the remains. Nelson has been charged with first-degree murder, as well as other charges, including abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence. He's behind bars in Caldwell County without bond, with a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 9. (More missing persons stories.)

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