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KINGSTON, Mo. - A Missouri man tied to the disappearance of two Shawano County brothers pleaded not guilty Monday morning to a vehicle tampering charge.

Garland Joseph Nelson, 25, is accused of tampering with a pickup that Nicholas Diemel, 34, and Justin Diemel, 24, rented during their business trip to Caldwell and Clinton counties in Missouri. Nelson drove the truck from his farm and abandoned it in a commuter lot on the day the brothers went missing in July, police said.

Nelson waived his formal arraignment in Caldwell County Circuit Court in Missouri and was granted his request for a change of judge, according to court records. The Missouri Supreme Court will assign Nelson a new judge. He has been jailed without bond. 

Nicholas and Justin Diemel were reported missing after they failed to board their July 21 flight back home to Wisconsin. The brothers own Diemel's Livestock in the Shawano County community of Navarino.

Clinton County, Missouri, Sheriff Larry Fish said authorities found human remains July 30 on Nelson's farm. No charges have been filed in connection with the remains.

Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Maj. Mitch Allen told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on Sept. 16 that the sheriff's office has turned over more evidence to the prosecuting attorney and expects additional charges to be filed in the case.

Nelson is also facing charges in Kansas where he is accused of transporting disease-infected domestic animals across state lines and endangering their food supply.

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Contact Benita Mathew at (920) 309-3428 or bmathew@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @benita_mathew.

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