Above Images: Sjoestroem, circa 2001
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: December 11, 2001 from Seattle, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 9, 1956
Weight: 175-180 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond/Lt. Brown, graying
Eye Color: Green/Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Wart on the inside of left
leg, probably near the thigh. He wears soft contact lenses.
Clothing: Black Levi jeans.
Details of Disappearance
On the morning of December 11, 2001, he and one of his coworkers, who owned a small Mooney airplane, flew from Seattle along the coast down to Arcata, California. They filled the Mooney with gas and then returned up along the coast, where their destination was Port Angeles. They never appeared in Port Angeles so the plane was reported missing.
The Civil Air Patrol searched for a mount without finding anytrace of the plane or its crew. In February 2002, a man sent an e-mail to the company saying that he had found a small backpack with some business cards belonging to Bengt-Olov inside; he had left it on the beach outside Oceanside on December 16, 2001. His family made a request to the company where Bengt-Olov worked in Gothenburg to check his e-mails from the day he went missing, which they had not previously done. When they heard about the e-mail from the man, the company found an e-mail from December 20, 2001. It was from a woman in Netarts who said that she had found a laptop computer with a business card belonging to Bengt-Olov on it, but she had thrown it away.
In February 2002, the sheriff in Tillamook arranged a search of the beach outside Netarts and Oceanside. They
found two airplane wheels, but no one can say with certainty that they came from a Mooney. In December 2002, two sportdivers found a propellar in the ocean outside Netarts. The serial number was checked with the
airplane's insurance company, and it matched the Mooney.
In March 2002, Bengt-Olov's family realized he was not listed as a missing person; rather, he was listed as being on a missing airplane. They filed a report in Sweden, and were told that the case would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities in the U.S. The family does not know if the case was ever forwarded, and if it was, where it ended up.
Familial DNA and dentals are available in this case.
Bengt-Olov is a resident of Sweden. On December 9, 2001, his family dropped him off at the airport near Gothenburg, Sweden. He boarded a plane en route to attend a business meeting in Port Angeles, Washington. His family witnessed him checking in for his flight to Seattle. That was the last time his family saw him.
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