Garland Nelson

Garland Joey Nelson of Braymer, charged with felony tampering with a vehicle in connection with the disappearance of the Diemel brothers from Wisconsin, waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty Monday, Oct. 7, in Caldwell County Circuit Court.

The brothers, who own Diemel’s Livestock, went missing after they left their home state July 20. The brothers were reported missing by a relative after they did not make their flight back home from Kansas City. The date anyone last had contact with the two was July 21.

Their rental vehicle, a four-door Ford truck, was never returned.

Nelson was charged with tampering with the truck this summer. According to investigators, the brothers rented the truck to drive to farms in Missouri to check on cattle during a business trip. That truck was found parked with the keys in the ignition in a Holt commuter lot after the Diemel brothers were reported missing.

According to investigators, GPS information from the truck’s black box system was matched to footage taken by security cameras that showed the Diemels checking out of the hotel where last stayed before disappearing. The rented truck’s GPS then tracked the vehicle to Nelson’s farm on July 21.

Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said when investigators questioned Nelson, he admitted to driving the truck from his farm to the Holt commuter lot, where he abandoned it.

Fish declared the investigation into the disappearance of the brothers a death investigation. Human remains were discovered during the search of a Braymer farm after the brothers’ disappearance. Law enforcement officials are waiting DNA test results to identify the remains.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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