More charges filed against man held in Diemel disappearance

Garland "Joey" Nelson
Garland "Joey" Nelson(WBAY)
Published: Aug. 20, 2019 at 10:36 AM CDT
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Kansas prosecutors have filed charges against a Missouri man held in the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers.

Kansas court records obtained by Action 2 News show Garland "Joey" Nelson has been charged in Bourbon County with

Endangering the food supply; Bring domestic animal infected with disease

. The violation date is listed as May 1. Charges were filed in early August.

Nelson is currently being without bond in a Missouri jail on a charge related to the July 21 disappearance of Nick and Justin Diemel of Shawano County.

The Diemel brothers' last known location was Nelson's sprawling farm in Braymer, Missouri. The Diemels owned a livestock business in Bonduel and did business with Nelson.

Human remains were found on the Nelson farm, but they have not been identified.

Investigators in Missouri say the Diemel brothers are presumed dead.

Action 2 News spoke with farmer David Foster, owner of Cash Cow Enterprises in Fort Scott, Kansas. Foster said Nelson raised cattle for him. As the business deal soured, the cattle were returned to Foster in poor condition.

"Mine were returned, they were malnourished, starved, I mean skin and bone," says Foster. "I had to help pick the calves up off the ground, onto the trailer, just so I could move them off my property."

Foster says he spoke with Nick Diemel several times and they shared frustrations about business dealings with Nelson.

"I had talked to Nick multiple times prior to him going missing," says Foster. "The last time I talked to Nick was July 5th, and then the previous time I had talked to him before that, I remember him saying that he had told Joey to sell the cattle to send him a check."

Foster started looking into Nelson's history. He discovered Nelson had spent two years in federal prison for fraud.

"I started doing all my own research. It didn’t take very long to find, oh, he’s already been in prison for 18 months or something like that. And so after he had dumped the cattle on my property, that’s when I really started diving in. Like, hey this is the last straw, this isn’t right, something is definitely wrong," says Foster.

for the full story with David Foster.

Nelson is charged in Caldwell County, Missouri, with Tampering with a Vehicle.

A probable cause statement obtained by Action 2 News says Nelson admitted driving Nick Diemel's rental vehicle from his Braymer home and parking it in a commuter lot on Interstate 35 and Highway PP in Holt. Holt is about 40 miles southwest of Braymer.

Here's the timeline, according to the probable cause statement:

GPS information shows the Diemel's rented 2019 F250 Ford truck left a hotel in Cameron, Mo., at about 8:49 on the morning of July 21. They traveled east on Highway 36. At about 9:26 a.m., the rental truck pulls into Joey Nelson's driveway on Catawba Road in Braymer.

At 11:44 a.m., the rental truck leaves Joey Nelson's property.

At 12:18 p.m., the truck is recorded on a security camera at Casey's General Store in Polo. The truck is driving south on Highway 13. Security camera video shows no passenger in the front seat.

At 12:19 p.m., the rental truck is captured on security camera of a Hy-Klas Foods. It's going west on Highway 116. Again, video shows no passenger in the front seat of the truck.

At 12:45 p.m., the truck pulls into the commuter lot at Highway PP and I-35 in Holt. The truck was left running with the keys in the ignition and the lights on. The probable cause statement says Nelson admitted to leaving it there.

"Based on my investigation, I believed Mr. Nelson drove the 2019 Ford F-250 rental truck without the consent of the renter N. Diemel's permission or the Rental companies [sic] permission," reads the probable cause statement.

On July 30, human remains were discovered on Nelson's 74-acre farm in Braymer. They have not yet been identified. Law enforcement is working with forensic experts to find out if these remains belong to the Diemel brothers.

Nelson is due to appear in Caldwell court on the Tampering Charge on Sept. 16.

No charges have been filed related to the remains found on Nelson's property.