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Missing Richard Loren Uden
Richard, circa 1980; Age progression forensics photo to age 43 (circa 2011); Gerald Uden; Alice Uden
Missing Since 09/12/1980
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 11/22/1968 (52)
Age 11 years old
Height and Weight 5'3, 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Richard wears eyeglasses with black plastic frames to correct strabismus, or cross-eye. He has surgical scars on his neck and on his nose and a scar on his forehead.
The Udens' 1973 Ford station wagon, which Virginia had borrowed from her mother, was found abandoned and vandalized on October 4, 1980, nearly one month after she and her sons had disappeared.
Photographs of Gerald and his current wife, Alice Louise Uden, are posted with this case summary. They moved to Missouri sometime after Virginia, Reagan and Richard disappeared. In September 2013, Gerald and Alice were arrested and charged with murder.
Gerald was charged with the murders of Virginia and her sons. He was not their biological father, but he had legally adopted them. In October 2013, he pleaded guilty to all three murders and provided a detailed account as to what happened.
Gerald stated he shot Virginia, Richard and Reagan with the .22 caliber rifle they were going to use for bird hunting. He admitted the murders were premeditated and said he shot them after they got out of the car at a canal near Pavillion in Fremont County, Wyoming. Gerald put the bodies in large drums and dumped them in Fremont Lake, which is approximately 450 feet deep.
In exchange for his guilty pleas, Gerald was sentenced to life in prison. He referred to Virginia as a "predator" and showed no remorse for his actions.
Alice was charged with murdering her husband, Ronald Holtz. They married in September 1974, and he disappeared sometime after Christmas that year. Prosecutors claimed she shot him in the head with a .22 caliber rifle and dumped his body in an abandoned gold mine, and it wasn't found until August 2013.
Alice had long been a suspect in Holtz's disappearance, and in 1989 a witness said she'd confessed to his murder, but the police didn't have enough evidence to make a case against her until his body was located. Alice was tried in the spring of 2014. She claimed Holtz was abusive and she shot him to protect her daughter from him. She was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Foul play is suspected in the Udens' cases due to the circumstances involved.
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