Vicki Arleen Sundgaard
Sundgaard, approximately 1987
Date reported missing : 04/19/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/15/1963 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'6, 115 - 125 pounds
Medical conditions : Sundgaard has asthma and uses an inhaler to control her condition. She did not have her inhaler with her when she vanished. In addition, her skin is sensitive to most metals and she has problems wearing jewelry as a result.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sundgaard had her ears pierced, but the holes may have closed by the time of her disappearance. She has a faint scar on her lip. Sundgaard has had extensive dental work, including a white cap on one of her upper front teeth. Her first name may be spelled "Vicky" by some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sundgaard was last seen at a party on Cedar Street in Alexandria, Minnesota during the early morning hours of April 19, 1987, Easter Sunday. She has never been heard from again.
Her vehicle was found parked a few blocks away the following morning. Sundgaard's purse and asthma inhaler were inside it. Her loved ones stated her asthma had been bothering her in the days leading up to her disappearance and they did not believe she would have left her inhaler behind. She also left behind her two young sons, which is uncharacteristic of her.
A week before her disappearance, Sundgaard told her sister she planned to leave her husband and move out of the area. The couple had two young sons and Sungaard stated she was violent and she did not trust him around the children. Sundgaard's husband was investigated by police, but is not considered a suspect in his wife's disappearance.
One of the last people known to have seen her, Michael Dale Benson, was convicted of raping an Alexandria woman in 1989. He was incarcerated, and later civilly committed to a hospital for life. He escaped from the hospital in 2006, but was apprehended several weeks later.
While in custody, Benson told authorities he had raped five other women in Colorado and California. He is considered a suspect in Sundgaard's case, but maintains his innocence and has not been charged in connection with it.
Sundgaard's disappearance remains unsolved. Her family does not believe she would have abandoned her children.
Other information and links : ncy
Alexandria Police Department
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Echo Press
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