KINGSTON, MO (AP) — The mother of a Missouri farmer charged with tampering with a truck used by two missing Wisconsin brothers said they came to the farm to look at cattle but that she can't see her son being involved in their deaths.

Tomme Feil told The Kansas City Star that the two men — Nicholas Diemel, 35, and his 24-year-old brother Justin — came to look at calves owned by the family.

Feil said she has no idea why her son, Garland Nelson, would have moved their vehicle.

"I wish I knew the truth," Feil said. "But I don't."

The brothers were reported missing July 21 and are presumed dead. Law enforcement found human remains on the farm that have not yet been identified, Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said.

Nelson is accused of driving the rental truck from the farm near Braymer that the brothers visited during a business trip for their cattle operation in Wisconsin. The truck was found abandoned and running.

Nelson admitted to moving the brothers' truck from his mother's farm to a commuter lot in Holt, according to court documents.

He appeared in court Thursday and will remain in jail without bond. The Kansas City Star reported Nelson said he has an attorney, who was not in the courtroom.

Feil told the newspaper that she returned home July 21 from a trip to Branson with the rest of the family to find police speaking to her son. She said she wouldn't know if he got mixed up in something he shouldn't have, but she's hoping for "it all to go away."

She said her son is hardworking and cares about family.

Feil said church friends and neighbors in the small town have shown her support but that she has received harassment and threats as police investigate the brothers' deaths. She said she turned off all her social media accounts.

Feil is staying in her home but can't venture out to do farm work because of the active investigation. Law enforcement are doing her chores and feeding her cattle.

"I have nothing to be guilty for," Feil said. "But a lot of times you're guilty by association. This is not my character, not my family's."

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

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Pity party of one. You are being selfish and a good church going mother would put the victims and their loved ones first. You claim to teach Sunday school from the Bible now is the time to practice what you teach. Demand that your son admit before God what evil he has done and help end the horrible pain and grief he is causing this family. Let them bury their loved ones. While you're sitting there moaning about what's happening to you think about the lifelong pain and misery your son has caused to so many. You can't do your daily chores.. big deal! There are 2 brothers who can never do anything again. Their mother, father, spouse, fiance, children, families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, everyone whose lives were better for knowing them are suffering and will forever. They are still waiting for them to come home, to face the horror of what happened, then years of courts and trials. Shame on you and shame on the son that all you can say is that you don't know why he moved their truck. Lack of conscience seems to run in the family.

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