Wife of missing Shawano County brother asks court to let her manage livestock business

Haley BeMiller
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Nicholas Diemel

SHAWANO - The wife of a missing Shawano County man has asked a court for permission to oversee his and his brother's business while police in Missouri continue to investigate their presumed deaths.

Lisa Diemel filed the petitions in court Tuesday regarding the estates of her husband, Nicholas Diemel, 34, and Justin Diemel, 24, who haven't been heard from since July 21. The two own Diemel's Livestock in Navarino and traveled to Clinton and Caldwell counties in Missouri to meet with farmers. 

Clinton County (Mo.) Sheriff Larry Fish, left, said human remains that have not been positively identified were found Tuesday on a farm near Braymer, Missouri. Fish was joined by Caldwell County (Mo.) Sheriff Jerry Galloway, right, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Polo, Mo. Authorities who had been searching a Missouri farm for two missing Wisconsin brothers announced Wednesday that human remains have been found there, more than a week after the pair disappeared during a trip for their livestock business. (Rich Sugg/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Authorities on Wednesday said they found human remains Tuesday on a farm they had been searching for evidence of the missing brothers.

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The petitions filed in Shawano County Circuit Court establish the brothers' date of death as July 21. They ask the court to appoint Lisa Diemel as a special administrator for their estate, with the full duties of a personal representative, to manage their business assets "until full probate administration can be commenced."

The brothers' parents, Jack and Pamela Diemel, also signed the documents in support of the petition.

An assistant for Lisa Diemel's attorney said their office is unable to comment on the matter.

Justin Diemel

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Missouri farmer is being held without bond after he was charged with vehicle tampering in connection with the case. Garland Nelson admitted to driving and abandoning a rental truck used by the Diemels after they visited his Braymer, Missouri, farm for a business deal, according to a probable cause affidavit.

It's the same farm where the human remains were found, and police are still trying to positively identify them, Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said. 

Nelson is jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a bond hearing, but it was rescheduled for Aug. 8.

RELATED:Human remains found at site near Braymer, Missouri, amid search

Reporter Chris Mueller of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin contributed to this report.

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