Cattle rustler arrested after two brothers disappear during routine business trip: Police

An arrest warrant out of Caldwell County, Missouri, has been issued for Garland Joseph “Joey” Nelson, in connection with the disappearance of two missing Wisconsin brothers. 

Nelson, 25, of Braymer, was charged with one felony count of tampering with a motor vehicle within the jurisdiction of Caldwell County. Authorities took the man into custody on Friday afternoon, according to ABC9.

According to the arrest warrant, on the morning of July 21, brothers Nick Diemel, 35 and Justin Diemel, 24, left the Comfort Inn in Cameron and drove their rental truck to a residence in the 3300 SE block of Catawba Road in Braymer. The warrant indicated the property is owned by Nelson’s mother and is the location of a farm operated by the 25-year-old, who was previously convicted of cattle fraud.

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As CrimeOnline previously reported, Nick and Justin flew from Wisconsin to Missouri on July 20 to visit several farms that raise calves, according to their family. The brothers are co-owners of Diemel’s Livestock and made plans to see calves during the trip.

Joey Nelson [Police Handout]
Nick’s wife, Lisa Diemel, knew something was wrong when they missed their 1:30 p.m. return flight the following day.

The black 4-door Ford F-250 truck the pair rented for their stay was found abandoned Monday at a commuter lot in Holt, Missouri, with their carry-on luggage still inside.

“I honestly don’t know what’s happened to them, but something isn’t right,” Lisa Diemel, who shares four children with her husband, told NBC 26.

According to GPS records, the rental truck left the Braymer property several hours after it arrived. A short time later, the vehicle was spotted on surveillance video in Polo, with one driver and an empty passenger seat.

Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, GPS revealed the vehicle entered a commuter lot in Holt. When investigators questioned Nelson about the vehicle, he confessed to leaving it at the commuter lot.

Meanwhile, Nick and Justin Diemel remain missing.

Nick is described as a white male black hair and hazel eyes. He stands 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs around 210 pounds. Justin is described as a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact authorities at a tip line set up specifically for the case, at 816-632-TIPS.

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[Feature Photo: Nick and Justin Diemel/Handout]

*Editor’s Note*: Story changed to reflect the brothers stayed at the Comfort Inn in Cameron. Previous reports indicated the brothers stayed at the Quality Inn.