Madison police investigated Joe's disappearance and found that his car and cell phone were gone. The cell phone appeared dead and Joe had not contacted any friends or family, something that was considered to be very uncharacteristic of the young man.
According to the Seattle Times, "Sjoberg, who spent the Thanksgiving holiday with three of his four siblings in New York days before he disappeared, had shown no signs of depression, his parents said. Although a search of his computer at work showed he had visited some websites that discuss suicide, his parents aren't jumping to conclusions." Sjoberg's family posted on Twitter, Reddit, Craigslist, Facebook and also created a Web page. The Facebook page had more than 12,000 members.
Car found with remains inside
In late March 2010, Madison police confirmed that a burned out car found in a field on Monday, Mar. 28, outside of Columbus, WI, belonged to Joe Sjoberg. Human remains, later identified as Sjoberg's, were found inside the car.
The car was found by a farmer trimming along a fence line at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Mar. 28. He described the remains as "only bones."
Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards told WISC News.com, that the car was found 500 yards off a road and within sight of Highways 16, 60 and 151, yet it was difficult to spot without looking directly at it.
"It was out in the elements for a while," Richards said.
He added that the fire that burned the vehicle appeared to be very hot, as all that was left of the car was metal.
"They are literally picking out piece by piece in that car," Richards said. "It's a very, very time-consuming task that they are taking on right now."
The State Crime Lab used body fragments to identify the body, Columbia County authorities said.
The Associate Press has reported that "Law enforcement sources say Sjoberg's cell phone had pinged in the area in December and there were plans for a ground search [that] weekend" because the snow had melted.
According to the article, Madison police said foul play wasn't suspected.''
About Joe Sjoberg
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Sjoberg, had graduated from college in June and started working for Epic Systems, a Madison-area software company, in July.
Joe's obituary reads, "His easy smile, exuberance, booming laugh, and his loving and compassionate heart, were a light in our lives for almost 23 years. We are profoundly grateful for the time we had with him. We will miss him more than we can ever say, but take solace in knowing that he will live on in our hearts and in memories of the multitude of people whose lives he touched." (Legacy.com)
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Facts of Interest
Name/age: Joseph S. Sjoberg, 22
Last seen: 11/30/10, Madison, WI
Investigating Agency: Madison Police Department
First published: 12/30/10. Updated: 03/13/11, 06/17/11.