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Body Still Not Identified

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A man whose body was found during a search near Williston yesterday died of a gunshot wound.

That's what officials with the Williams County Sheriff's department said today, while they wait for word on the identity of the body.

Jim Olson reports from the area where the body was found when a search warrant was executed Tuesday.

(Jim Olson, KX News) "While there is no confirmation of the identity of the body that was discovered here southeast of Williston on Tuesday, the Sheriff does say the body that was found was the victim of a homicide by gunshot. It will take dental records for a positive identification and now it looks like Thursday morning is when we'll find out the identity of the body that was found here. Speculation has turned to it could very well be the body of Jack Sjol, the rancher who went missing in late April from his ranch about five miles from this location. Now we're waiting to see if that is the case with a positive ID. Meanwhile Sheriff Scott Busching says they do have in custody a man he calls a person of interest in the Sjol case. He's being held on other charges unrelated to Sjol's disappearance but Sheriff Busching says he is considered a person of interest in the Sjol case. So it's another day of waiting for family members of Jack Sjol, waiting to see if the body that was found in this area on Tuesday is in fact that of their loved one - of Jack - and waiting to see what will happen then with an ongoing murder investigation because of the evidence that was revealed today. Near Williston, Jim Olson, KX News."

Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching says charges related to the homicide are likely to be filed soon against the man already in custody.

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