Native American Heritage Month: Bryce Herda

In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Bryce Florian Herda, a six-year-old boy who disappeared from Neah Bay, Washington on April 9, 1995. The area where he went missing is part of the Makah Indian Reservation, and Bryce’s mom is a member of the Makah Indian Tribe. I don’t know if Bryce himself was a registered member, though.

It’s up in the air whether Bryce was abducted, or whether he was accidentally swept out to sea. An extensive search turned up nothing.

If he’s still alive, Bryce would be thirty years old now.

MP of the week: Stephanie Miles

This week’s featured missing person is Stephanie Gay Miles, a 33-year-old woman last seen in Puyallup, Washington on September 16, 1994. Her car turned up over six months later, in April 1995, when it was towed in Seattle, but I’m not sure if they figured out how long it had been there.

I was supposed to add her yesterday of course, but Michael came home from work unexpectedly early, and stuff happened, and I forgot. I am a poo-head. Mea culpa.

Pride Month: Hartanto Santoso

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Hartanto Teguh Santoso, a bisexual man who disappeared from Kirkland, Washington on February 19, 2001, at the age of 31.

Santoso was an immigrant from Indonesia who worked as a nursing assistant to help support a large family back in his native country. What’s happened to him isn’t a mystery: he was abducted from his apartment and murdered by his former friend, Kim Heichel Mason. Mason is serving life without parole for the murder.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tilana Williams

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 Tilana Catarina Williams, a 20-year-old who disappeared from Auburn, Washington on July 1, 2014.

This is another case about which I know nothing about the circumstances of her disappearance. I did find this Google Plus account and this MySpace that I think might be hers; the photos resemble her, but I’m not sure and I certainly don’t want to accidentally use pictures that are of someone else.

If Tilana is alive — and I’ve find nothing to suggest she is not — she would have turned 25 last week. If that MySpace is hers, she may go by the nickname Lana.

If anyone happens to see this blog who knew Tilana, I invite them to comment below or shoot me an email.

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.)

MP of the week: Christine Civille

This week’s featured missing person is Christine Ann Civille, who disappeared from Conway, Washington on Christmas Eve, 1983. She had a houseboat in the Skagit River there. She was 31 years old and would now be 65 — she’ll be 66 this month.

Unfortunately that’s all I have on this case. Even the photo is pretty poor quality.