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Jack Sjol Remembered

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It was a tip from the public that led authorities to find the body of Williston rancher Jack Sjol.

Family members say the caller sent

investigators to this garbage pile southeast of Williston on Wednesday where Sjol's body was hidden just below some trash.

The discovery of Sjol's body brought to an end more than three weeks of torment for his family.

They had found blood and three rifle shells in Jack's driveway on April 24th and wondered if he had survived.

Still, they searched...ultimately offering a reward that brought in the pivotal tip.

Jim Olson sat down with Sjol's brother and sister-in-law today to remember their friend.

Ask Scott Sjol why someone would have gunned down his brother Jack, and he's at a loss.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "I haven't went a day without trying to figure it out but it's just so senseless and makes no sense."

The man accused of the murder - Ryan Stensaker - has served time for drug crimes. But Scott can't figure a connection between him and his brother, a man he describes as a strong North Dakota kid.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "He worked from morning til night, never took off the weekends, regardless of whether it was his ranch or building a house on his property.He was very organized - never came to a job that he didn't have everything you needed right there."

(Diane Sjol, Jack's Sister-in-Law) "He was pretty special to the whole family. We always looked forward to getting together with him for holidays. He had such a laugh, I just wish I could hear his laugh one more time."

Diane Sjol, Jack's sister-in-law, says Jack was great to be around.

(Diane Sjol, Jack's Sister-in-Law) "He liked to tell stories. He was kind of a historian - he liked to tell about North Dakota history. And he liked to play jokes - especially on me."

Diane and Scott say since finding a bloody driveway and spent rifle shells on Jack's driveway back in April pushed them to act as quickly as possible - searching for a man they hoped had survived the attack. But the whole scene made no sense - nothing had been stolen from Jack's house.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "He had valuables everywhere and nothing was gone - nothing had been disturbed. So how it came to play I just can't get an idea of what happened - I just don't know."

No idea of why someone would murder Jack Sjol and dump his body in a trash pile a few miles away. Still, a relief.

(Scott Sjol, Jack Sjol's Brother) "A wonderful relief to get the tip to find him, but it's a long ways from over."

(Diane Sjol, Jack's Sister-in-Law) "We are going to miss him like crazy."

Jim Olson, KX News.

Funeral services for Jack Sjol are scheduled for Monday at 11am at First Lutheran Church in Williston.

Williams County investigators say more arrests are possible in connection with Sjol's murder.

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