KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WQOW/WKOW) — A rancher may have found the remains of one of the missing Wisconsin brothers last seen in Missouri.
A Hersey, Nebraska rancher contacted authorities to say he found human remains inside a stock trailer he bought in Missouri, according to a Facebook post from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Monday.
“Upon examination, Deputies confirmed the remains were definitely human and noticed personal items in the tub,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Shawano County brothers, Nick and Justin Diemel, disappeared July 21 after visiting a farm in Missouri as part of their livestock business.
Deputies contacted the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri, which is heading up the homicide investigation. Authorities confirmed the remains could belong to one of the brothers.
Garland “Joey” Nelson is charged in connection to the brothers’ disappearance.
“Caldwell County Investigators and Missouri State Police flew into Lincoln County later in the evening and picked up the remains,” the post concluded. “The investigation is ongoing.”
According to court documents, Nelson shot and killed both Nick Diemel, 35, and Justin Diemel, 24, from Shawano County on or around July 21.
In addition to the murder charges, Nelson is charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed criminal action.
KMBC reports, documents state Nelson eventually told authorities when he arrived back at the farm, he found two bodies believed to belong to Nick and Justin Diemel, each dead and stuffed inside a 55-gallon metal barrel in a pole barn just south of the residence.
The affidavit states the bodies were moved through a pasture one at a time in a skid loader bucket to an adjacent pasture where they were covered with diesel fuel and burned. After they were burned, Nelson said one or both of the bodies were placed in a manure pile by a metal barn. He said a skid loader was used to crush the barrels and the remains were placed elsewhere on the property.