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58DMWY - Richard Loren Uden

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Left: Uden, circa 1980; Center: Age-progressed to age 24 (circa 1992); Right: Age-progressed to age 43

Name: Richard Loren Uden
Case Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Missing Since: September 12, 1980
Location Last Seen: Lander, Fremont County, Wyoming

Physical Description

Date of Birth: November 22, 1968
Age: 11 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 90 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He has surgical scars on his neck and nose. He has a scar on his forehead. He wears eyeglasses with tortoise shell plastic frames and is cross-eyed.


Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Richard Loren Uden was last seen with his mother, Virginia Uden, and younger brother, Reagan. The Udens were last seen leaving Virginia's mother's home in the vicinity of the 700 block of N. Federal Court in Riverton at approximately 1:30 p.m. on September 12, 1980. They were en route to meet the boys' adoptive father in their station wagon. They never arrived.

Their car was found abandoned and vandalized on October 4, 1980 near Dickson Park Road and Trout Creek Canyon in the Wind River Canyon area of Fremont County, Wyoming. Traces of Virginia's blood were discovered inside the vehicle.

In 2013, Gerald Uden pleaded guilty to the deaths of his ex-wife and the sons he adopted. He testified that he shot them and hid their bodies in the Lewiston gold mine in the South Pass area. On November 5, 1980, he removed the bodies and put them in 55- and 35-gallon drums before depositing the drums in Fremont Lake.

In 2014, Fremont County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Wyoming Attorney General's Office and the Sublette County Sheriff's Office, began the search and possible recovery for the bodies. As of April 2015, the search is ongoing.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 307-332-5611
Agency Case Number: L80-1024

NCIC Case Number: M088652985
NamUs Case Number: 3971

Information Source(s)

Wyoming Attorney General's Office
County 10 News - Uden's Testimony
County 10 News - Search Efforts Underway
KDLY/KOVE News - Search Continues into 3rd Year
Fremont County Sheriff's Office

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 10/16/15

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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