Vicki Arleen Sundgaard

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Above Images: Sundgaard, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 19, 1987 from Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 15, 1963
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4 - 5'6, 115 - 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: 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 agencies.
  • 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.
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    Details of Disappearance

    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. Sundgaard 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.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Douglas County Sheriff's Office

    Alexandria Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Echo Press
    29 WFTC


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 16, 2008; picture added.

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