Brian Carl Sjostedt

Brian Carl Sjostedt

Brian Carl Sjostedt

March 26, 1973 – March 1, 2019

Brian Carl Sjostedt, 45, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019.  He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Robert Carl Sjostedt and Linda Kendrick Sjostedt.  Brian, started his career in governmental service when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Stinger Operator in 1991.  His experience in the Corps was diverse while serving as an operator with infantry weapons platoons and integrating with air wing squadrons as an advisor to aviators on surface to air missile identification and evasion.    His experience included contingency missions in the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, and Haiti.  Following his four-year tour as a Stinger Operator, He was augmented into the Marine Corp’s Individual Augmentation Program as a Military Police Supervisor for three years.  Brian was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1998 as a Sergeant.

He continued his public service as a Raleigh Police Officer from 1998 to 2005.  His police career mirrored the diversity of his Marine Corps career with numerous specialized assignments including Community Oriented Drug Enforcement Projects, Special Investigator on Inter agency Task Forces, and deployments as an International Police Advisor.

As an Inter agency Task Force Investigator assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, it was his responsibility to prepare high profile cases for prosecution by coordinating investigative efforts with the FBI, ATF, DEA, NIS, CID, Interpol, local, state, and global law enforcement agencies.  During his three year assignment as a DA investigator, he was responsible for the successful prosecution of North Carolina’s first Habitual Violent Sexual Offender case.

While serving in the Raleigh Police Department, Brian was assigned as an International Police Advisor for the United Nations mission in Liberia and US State Department Contingency Mission in Iraq.

He was later assigned as Security Manager and further progressed to Director of Operations for DynCorp’s Department of Defense contracts.  He was responsible for day to day operations and leadership of 100 US, 250 Third Country National, and 2000 Local National PSD personnel in Iraq for 15 months.

Brian founded Vetted International, Ltd. in 2005 and is a well-respected provider of War Hazard and Defense Base Act investigative services in Iraq and Afghanistan for the United States Department of Labor, Department of State and Department of Defense contracts.  His company is also responsible for contractor medevac and repatriation services, emergency medical care, and medical case management for injuries sustained from War Hazard Incidents.  Since its inception, Vetted International has grown its investigative capabilities to complete insurance claim investigations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

He was a founding member of the Raleigh Blue Liners the N A Blue Hockey team.

Visitation will be 4-6pm, Saturday, Covenant Presbyterian Church

Funeral service, 2pm, Sunday, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 125 Selma Rd., Wendell.  His burial with military honors will be 10 am, Monday in Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Robert Sjostedt and Linda Sjostedt.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to either, the go fund me for Allison Forsythe, or

Arrangements with Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Rob Woyicki Posted March 7, 2019 3:53 pm

    Some were able to call him Marine, Officer, colleague but everyone knew him as a friend. Brian definitely made this world a better place. I will miss him very much.

  • Amber Viventi Posted March 8, 2019 10:13 am

    Brian was a greatfriend to us. This is such a big loss to all who knew him. We will never forget the times we shared with him.

  • Antonio Russell Posted March 8, 2019 4:26 pm

    I want to th aks Brian for everything he did for me and supporting my Personal Training career at Lifetime fitness on Falls of Neuse also been a friend to me he was always supported and we help each other with business and having fun day trading I love you man and miss you a lot Forex Visionary Club we build that and like you said go big or go home. I word would be every Friday enjoy your weekend and be safe! I would say to him fly safe! Love you brother!

  • Robin Monroe Posted March 8, 2019 9:26 pm

    Praying for Brian’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of sitting for his fur babies over the years and I’m sad to hear of Brian’s death.

  • Shelly Meadows Posted March 9, 2019 8:53 am

    He was a very kind, intelligent man. So glad I was fortunate to cross paths with him. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Angel Dawson Posted March 9, 2019 3:10 pm

    My heart is breaking over the loss of this amazing man. I have known Brian for more than 10 years. He challenged me to be my best self and brought so much fun, adventure and laughter to my life. Being that I live in Ohio I am unable to make it to the services, but please know that my heart goes out to his family and friends. I know his absence will forever leave a hole in our hearts.

  • Carol Gaylor Posted March 9, 2019 5:37 pm

    I wish to express my sincere condolence to all of Brian’s family and friends. I am so sorry I never got a chance to meet Brian but I am grateful for the love and life experiences he shared with Jessica. I am a friend of Jessica and her Dad through my spouse and we are all saddened by their shorten lives. May time heal your hearts and happy proud memories of this fine man, bring you a smile soon. Sincerely, C.Gaylor

  • Trudy Paul Posted March 10, 2019 3:01 am

    I will never forget the last time I talked to Brain. We were talking about my son Charles that was one of Raleigh”s fineness that was killed in the line of duty.Brain said Ms. Trudy I think about Charles a lot, I remember one morning we were changing shifts and it was very cold. He said I was setting in the warm car and Charles was standing beside his cold motor cycle freezing , and I will always think about him when it is cold.Brain my friend, now you and Charles can talk and not freeze, Rest In Peace my friend and I will always keep you in my heart Charles’s Mom

  • Nancy and Mickey O’Neill Posted March 10, 2019 5:50 pm

    We are deeply saddened by Brian’s passing. We were lucky to have shared many happy times with him. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  • Clara W. Frazier Posted March 11, 2019 8:56 pm

    My husband & I met Brian at our son’s 55th birthday celebration at a steak house in Raleigh in June & felt a connection especially with Jessica to this couple. They were so into the scene & so ‘in-love’. I’m always aware of couples & loved their togetherness (having been a college chemistry prof. & a mother).

    It is with heartfelt sympathy & condolences that we send to you our prayers to get through this horrible loss.
    Most sincerely, Clara & Russ Frazier

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