WILLISTON, N.D. — The family of a Williston man who disappeared in a violent confrontation in his rural ranch yard is offering a $30,000 reward for information that solves the case.
Jack Sjol, 58, was reported missing from his rural hobby ranch April 24 and no trace of him has been found in an investigation going into its third week.
Sjol's case is the third so-far unsolved disappearance of a man in the oil patch. Two others have been missing since early 2012.
In a plea reminiscent of the oil patch’s most publicized disappearance, the Sjol family is asking area landowners to keep an eye out for anything unusual on their property.
A similar call went out to Williston-area residents in the case of Sherry Arnold, 43, a Sidney, Mont., teacher, who was allegedly abducted and killed by two men while she was out jogging in January 2012. One of her killers confessed that they had buried Arnold in a remote area and police asked landowners to look for any unusual disturbances. Her body was found in a shallow grave two months later.
Williams County Sgt. Det. Amanda McNamee, the agent on the Sjol case, said investigators had no news on Monday and leads are pending the outcome of search warrants and forensic tests. An air and ground search was called off after a week.
Sjol's ranch is east of Williston and McNamee said neighbors not far from his property have no knowledge or information about what may have occurred. Friends are caring for his livestock.
Sjol was reported missing by an acquaintance. Police secured his yard as a crime scene after seeing evidence of violence and started a search at daylight April 25. Sjol's vehicles and cellphone were at his home.
Unlike Sjol, who has family connections and a long history in Williston, the two other missing men were relative newcomers to the oil patch.
Kristopher Clark, 30, originally of Washington and more lately of Texas, has been missing since Feb. 22, 2012.
Clark was last seen at Blackstone Trucking, of Mandaree, a business managed by Sarah Creveling and James Henrickson on property owned by Tex Hall.
He had worked for Blackstone Trucking since October of 2011, but had left the company to work for Running Horse Trucking.
In a Facebook page devoted to her son's disappearance, Clark's mother said Clark was not seen leaving Mandaree and there were no calls from his cellphone or sightings after that.
His pickup was found in Williston nearly four months later. A $10,000 reward is offered for information that solves Clark’s disappearance.
Erik Haider, 30, of Bismarck, has been missing since May 24, 2012. He was last seen at a Dickinson-area job site, where he'd been commuting to work for a plumbing company.
A coworker said Haider had left the Baker-Hughes job location to cash a check and never returned to collect his belongings at the job site.
Haider's case is being handled by the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-762.
Anyone with information in either the Sjol or Clark case is asked to contact the Williams County Sheriff's Department at 701-577-7700.