Missouri Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin brothers case now death investigation

Updated: 4:20 p.m. on July 26, 2019

HOLT, Mo. (CBS 58) -- Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish announced in a news conference Friday that a case involving two missing Wisconsin brothers has been changed from a missing persons case to a death investigation. 

"At this time we're still actively working, it's very methodical, very detailed searching," Sheriff Fish said. "It has changed from a missing persons case over to a death investigation."

Sheriff Fish also stated that a suspect is in custody. 

Twenty-five-year-old Garland Nelson of Braymer was charged Friday with tampering with a motor vehicle. The St. Joseph News-Press reports the vehicle reportedly is one used by the brothers before their disappearance.

Fox4KC reports court documents say the Diemel brothers on Sunday drove to an address in Braymer where Nelson operates his farm.


Updated: 3:58 p.m. on July 25, 2019

HOLT, Mo. (CBS 58) -- Authorities in Missouri aren't saying whether a property they're searching is connected to the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers.

Nick and Justin own a livestock business near Green Bay. They were in Missouri meeting with farmers who help raise their cattle.

The two were expected to fly back to Milwaukee on Sunday. 

Nick's wife says that morning was the last time she heard from her husband. 

On Monday, Missouri authorities found the brothers' rental car abandoned in a parking lot.

"I think that's the scariest part, knowing that they used that last," said Lisa Diemel, Nick's wife. "They're not in it. Where are they?"

The property under investigation was at one point connected to a man convicted of cattle fraud. 

Authorities say they're limiting information to protect their search.


Posted: 2:57 p.m. on July 24, 2019

HOLT, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two brothers from Wisconsin who were reported missing after traveling to Missouri.

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office says a rental car being used by Nicholas Diemel and Justin Diemel was found Monday abandoned in a commuter parking lot in Holt. The two men had been to Caldwell and Clinton counties on business.

No other details were released about the men's disappearance.

Nicholas Diemel's wife, Lisa, told Fox4KC that she last spoke to her husband on Sunday. She said the brothers own a livestock a company and were visiting farms in Missouri Saturday.

She said her husband said the brothers were going to someone's house to look at calves Sunday. She knew something was wrong when the brothers didn't get make their return flight later that day.

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