A missing persons case involving the disappearance of two Wisconsin brothers has now turned into a death investigation, officials said.
Livestock company owners Nick Diemel, 35, and Justin Diemel, 24, were reported missing in Missouri on July 21 after GPS data from their rental truck showed they drove it from their hotel room in Cameron to a farm in Braymer, WDAF-TV reported.
The next day, the truck they were driving was found abandoned in a parking lot in Holt, police said.
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The owner of the farm, Garland Nelson, was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle on Friday, July 26, and is being held without bond after police said he admitted he drove the Diemel brothers’ truck to the abandoned lot.
Police said they’re now investigating their disappearance as a death, reported Fox4kc. Caldwell County prosecutors have not charged 25-year-old Nelson with their deaths.
“As part of the missing person investigation during the interview and under Miranda (warning), Garland Nelson admits to driving the 2019 Ford F-250 from the residence of 3321 SE Catawba Road,” Caldwell County Deputy Dennis Lund said in a court document, News-PressNow reported. “In the rental agreement, Mr. Diemel signed the section as the only authorized driver of the before mentioned truck.”
Braymer man charged with stealing missing Diemel brothers truck; authorities say case is now a death investigation https://t.co/IwZPVzTJBK
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“It’s with great sadness that we announce that two men’s lives were senselessly cut short. It’s been confirmed that it is no longer a search and rescue. We don’t know details of their passing as it’s an ongoing investigation,” a Facebook page titled Prayers for Nick Diemel and Justin Diemel, wrote.
The search for the Diemel brothers continued into Friday in Caldwell and Clinton counties before authorities announced it had become a death investigation.
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Nick Diemel’s wife, Lisa, said that the brothers’ wallets and phones were not in the truck when it was found by police. She added that the brothers were going to Nelson’s farm to check on cattle they had there.
Nelson previously served two years in prison for selling cattle that didn’t belong to him, WDAF-TV reported.
Authorities asked anyone with information related to the brothers’ disappearance to please call Clinton County CrimeStoppers at 816-632-TIPS.
Diemel brothers now haven’t been heard from in 5 days. We’ve seen digging, drones, fire trucks and now K9 units on a farm in Braymer, where the brothers were expected to have business. https://t.co/v4racV6LVW
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Missing Person Reports Drop to Lowest in Decades
According to FBI data, reports of missing persons, especially missing children reports, have decreased in 2018—the lowest shown in available records going as far back as 1990, as previously reported by The Epoch Times.
Nearly 613,000 Americans were reported missing in 2018, more than 424,000 of them were under the age of 18, an almost 6 and 9 percent fall respectively from 2017.
Robert Lowery, vice president for the missing children division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, surmised that the downward trend may have to do with technology.
Most of the missing children are runaways between 13 and 17, Lowery told The Epoch Times in a previous interview.
“A lot of these children now have, frankly, cellphones or smartphones. They’re also using social media. … The point being that parents are able to find their children themselves much quicker than they had been, before they have to engage law enforcement,” Lowery said.
The data also shows an obvious steep fall between 1997 to 2013, where more than 980,000 missing reports in 1997 fell to less than 628,000 in 2013, before picking up again and once again falling in 2018. There has not been a clear explanation for the latest fall in reports.
The Epoch Times reporter Simon Veazey contributed to this report.