Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Consuelo Vannausdle

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Consuelo R. “Connie” Vannausdle, a 31-year-old Filipino-American woman who disappeared from Lacey, Washington on April 25, 1993.

She may have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance, and her husband Mark said she was depressed and possibly suicidal, but the police doubt Mark’s claims.

Foul play is suspected in Consuelo’s disappearance, and Mark seems to be the prime suspect. He claimed she simply walked out on him and their two kids. He never reported her missing; her sister in California finally did in July, over two months after she was last seen.

In addition, Mark is definitely a violent man; in 2002, he shot a cab driver (not fatally) and stole the person’s cab. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree robbery and got a twenty-year sentence. In 2004, prison officials found steroids and an “escape kit” in his cell. Lovely man.

The coroner issued a death certificate for Consuelo in 2008. I hope their children were looked after by someone responsible.

(An aside: I find it interesting that “Consuelo” is a woman’s name, because almost all female names in Spanish end with A. In fact, Consuelo is the only one I can think of that ends with an O. You’d think it would be Consuela instead, but Consuelo is the norm. Shrug.)

7 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Consuelo Vannausdle

  1. Sara May 13, 2018 / 3:07 am

    Re your aside, Rosario is the only other example I can think of that fits that category.

  2. Nearer Keen (@nearerkeen) May 13, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Names like Consuelo (comfort/consolation) and Rosario (rosary) are nouns in the Spanish language and Spanish nouns are either masculine or feminine; since the original word is masculine the name ends with the (usually) masculine o instead of the (usually) feminine a, even though the names are used for girls.

    • Meaghan May 14, 2018 / 1:03 am

      Thank you for that education. I learned something about Spanish that my boyfriend’s dad, who teaches it, might not even know!

      • perl May 19, 2018 / 4:59 pm

        I have a friend (girl) named Rocio. It means “dew” in Spanish. Another one for the list 🙂

      • Meaghan May 19, 2018 / 5:51 pm

        So that makes…four. Michael is Hispanic and has a female cousin named Socorro. I’m assuming that means something like “succor” in Spanish.

        Rocio, Socorro, Consuelo and Rosario. Any others?

      • Meaghan May 19, 2018 / 5:51 pm

        So that makes…four. Michael is Hispanic and has a female cousin named Socorro. I’m assuming that means something like “succor” in Spanish.

        Rocio, Socorro, Consuelo and

  3. Crystal Vannausdale April 8, 2020 / 7:07 am

    This is my Mother. I wish someone would come forward. Thank you for posting this. There are good people out there. God bless you.

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