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Suspect in missing Wisconsin brothers case remains jailed without bond

Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 17:10:13-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man accused of tampering with a vehicle in connection with the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers presumed dead in northwest Missouri will remain in jail without bond after appearing in court Thursday.

Garland “Joey” Nelson, 25, of Braymer, Missouri, appeared in Caldwell County Court via video. According to records, Nelson now has an attorney and the judge continued his bond hearing until Aug. 15.

Nelson was charged with one count of tampering with a motor vehicle less than a week after the two brothers, Nicholas and Justin Diemel, went missing after visiting the 74-acre farm in Braymer, where Nelson lived and worked.

According to court records, a white Ford F-250 rented by Nicholas Diemel was found July 22, one day after the brothers’ disappearance, at a commuter lot in Holt, Missouri. The vehicle was still running and had its lights on.

Nelson admitted that he drove the truck from the farm to the lot near Interstate 35 and Missouri PP, which was illegal because his name was not on the rental contract.

Last week, officials confirmed that human remains were found on the Braymer farm. The remains have not yet been identified, and a cause of death has not been determined.