Male body found near Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – Authorities discovered a man’s body seven miles east of Williston on Tuesday while executing a search warrant, said the Williams County Sheriff’s office.

The body was found during the course of the search, which began about 8 a.m. Tuesday involving the sheriff’s office and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The body is being sent to the North Dakota State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and cause of death.

Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry said authorities were waiting on positive identification before commenting further.

A rancher from the Williston area has been missing since last month.

It was unknown if authorities believe the body Tuesday is that of the missing man, Jack Sjol.

The sheriff’s office has said foul play is suspected in the disappearance of Sjol, 58, who has not been heard from since April 24.

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