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Foul play suspected in disappearance of Williston rancher

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Foul play suspected in disappearance of Williston rancher
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WILLISTON, N.D. – Law enforcement officers here suspect foul play in the disappearance of a rancher and former city employee.


Jack Sjol, 58, rural Williston, was reported missing last week and investigators have found evidence of a violent crime, said Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry with the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are helping search for Sjol, including off-duty officers from the Williston Police Department.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol used its plane Monday to search the 300-acre ranch, Fry said.

Sjol, a former Williston Public Works employee, last talked to his girlfriend from his home at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Fry said. The girlfriend reported him missing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday after she had not heard from him, Fry said.

There was no sign of forced entry at the home and all vehicles are at the ranch, Fry said.

Investigators are not releasing details about the evidence found that indicates foul play.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Williams County Sheriff’s Office at (701)577-7700.

Article written by Amy Dalrymple of the Forum News Service

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