Family, friends still waiting for answers in search for missing Wisconsin brothers

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BRAYMER, Mo. -- Officials gave an update Thursday evening on the search for two brothers from Wisconsin who were last seen in Cameron, Missouri on Sunday.

But after several days of searching, detectives said Thursday they still haven't found 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel -- and they aren't saying much else.

"We are actively investigating it. We are taking this serious. We're trying to find the brothers, and we're in constant communication with the family," Sheriff Larry Fish of Clinton County said.

You can rewatch their brief news conference in the video player below.

Lisa Diemel tells FOX4 her husband Nick and brother-in-law Justin were staying at the Quality Inn off Interstate 35.

She said Nick and Justin flew into KCI on Saturday. She received a text from her husband Sunday morning, telling her they were leaving to check on some of their cattle; the brothers own a livestock company.

Then on Monday, sheriff’s deputies found a rental truck the brothers were driving. It was abandoned at a commuter lot in Holt, Missouri.

"It is still really odd for these two to go missing like this. Out of everybody I know, these two are the last two you would think would go missing," employee Rob Chupp said. He drove nearly nine hours to help in the search.

Lisa told reporters in Wisconsin that the brothers' wallets and cell phones weren't found in their vehicle when it was recovered.

Pictures of Nick and Justin Diemel

Nick and Justin Diemel (Courtesy of Lisa Diemel)

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that it was actively investigating the brothers’ disappearance.

Deputies wouldn't comment on who exactly the brothers were going to meet, adding that the case is an ongoing investigation.

"We're not sure what`s going on," cousin Rob Krull said. "They haven`t told us much at this point, but we feel like they are digging in deep."

All day Wednesday, investigators from several agencies swarmed a Caldwell County property in their search to find the brothers.

The property where the search is taking place is connected to a man named Joey Nelson. Nelson has a conviction for selling cattle that didn't belong to him and spent two years in a federal penitentiary.

But officials aren't saying if there's a connection between the brothers and that property. They said, while much of their search has focused on the property, they're also still searching other parts of Clinton and Caldwell counties.

"We don't have very much information, and we don't want people to just focus on this farm because to be honest with you, this investigation is much bigger than us," Chupp said.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call Clinton County CrimeStoppers at 816-632-TIPS.

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