HERSHEY — Law enforcement officials confirmed Monday afternoon that human remains were found in a stock trailer that a Hershey rancher had recently purchased in Missouri.
According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office media release, deputies responded to a ranch south of Hershey at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
The rancher called law enforcement after he opened a large plastic animal supplement full of dirt that had been in the trailer. The rancher took the tub out to spread the dirt in his driveway and saw what he believed were human remains.
Deputies confirmed his belief and also noticed personal items in the tub. According to the press release, deputies ascertained the remains may have belonged to one of two brothers from Wisconsin who were alleged homicide victims in northwestern Missouri.
The deputies contacted the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri, the lead agency in the homicide investigation. Caldwell County investigators and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers flew to Lincoln County Friday evening and collected the remains. The investigation is ongoing.
The brothers, Nicholas and Justin Diemel, from Shawano County in Wisconsin, were reportedly on a trip for their cattle business when they disappeared in July.
The brothers were reportedly last seen at Garland Nelson’s ranch just outside Braymer, Missouri, to collect a $250,000 check, according to court documents. The two were reported missing when they did not make a return flight from the Kansas City International Airport to Wisconsin.
Nelson was charged in October with two counts of first-degree murder in the disappearance of the brothers. He also has been charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, two counts each of tampering with physical evidence and armed criminal action, and a count each of unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with a motor vehicle.