13 year old James Yoblonski went missing from his Reedsburg, Wisconsin home on June 12, 2023. He left in his family’s vehicle, and hasn’t been heard from since.


Early in the morning on June 12, 2023, James Yoblonski, then 13, took his dad’s cell phone and left his home in Reedsburg.

The teen walked across the street to where the family van was parked around midnight, as seen on security footage. In about an hour, he drove off.

At 7:30 am on June 12, 2023, James’ father contacted the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office to report him missing.


The van James left behind was found parked on the westbound lane of Highway 12 near Baraboo Bluffs at 4:45 a.m. on June 12, 2023. This was a couple of miles from the westernmost part of Devil’s Lake State Park.

His cell phone was found 200 yards away from the van, across the highway in the eastbound lanes.

In the nearby woods, James’s makeshift camp was found. Several changes of clothes, as well as a phone charger and pillow were found at the campsite.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and K9 units have searched the area extensively, but no new clues about where James is have been found.

James’ father states that a han*dgun was missing from their home, but it has not been determined for certain that James is in possession of the weapon.

Searches of electric devices believed to have been used by James show two searches in early 2023 regarding how to travel out of state and being a minor on a plane.

A Yoblonski family member owns one of the devices, and James got the other one from the Baraboo School District. A number of searches were also done in a number of different places in the state of Wisconsin.

The areas were searched again by the police, but they found no proof that James had ever been there after he went missing.

State of police James really wanted to learn how to become a survivalist. WiscNews was told by Sauk County Sheriff Lt. Steve Schram that James left home with two survival guides.

In August 2023, the FBI gave James’ father a polygraph test to find out what happened to his son. He passed.


The location of James Yoblonski remains unknown. His case is currently classified as endangered missing and remains unsolved.

James’ father is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his location.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of James Yoblonski please contact the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office at (608) 355-4495, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 847-7285.

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