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Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Uden Family- Vanished September 12, 1980

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Missing Persons, September 12, 1980, Fremont County, Wyoming: On September 12, 1980, Virginia UDEN, age 32, and her two sons, Reagan UDEN, age 10, and Richard UDEN, age 11, disappeared in the Riverton, Wyoming area. She was last seen in a station wagon with her sons when she left her mother's residence in Riverton, Wyoming at approximately 1:30 p.m. The station wagon was found on October 4, 1980 near Dickson Park Road and Trout Creek Canyon in the Wind River Canyon area in Fremont County, Wyoming. Blood matching the blood type of Virginia UDEN was found in the car. Virginia UDEN and her sons have never been found. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Fremont County sheriff's Office at (307) 332-1000 or the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation at (307) 777-7181.

Vital statistics: Reagan was born on May 25, 1970. Brown hair, brown eyes. Has a small scar on his eyelid, a gap between his front teeth, and an abdominal scar. Was ten when last seen. Richard was born on November 22, 1968. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wears eyeglasses, is cross-eyed, and has surgical scars on his neck and nose. Was eleven when last seen.

NCIC numbers: M-088652475 (Reagan) and M-088652985 (Richard)
Virginia and her sons Reagan Uden and Richard Uden were last seen on September 12, 1980. They were leaving Virginia's mother's residence in Riverton, Wyoming at approximately 1:30 p.m. and driving the family's station wagon to meet Virginia's ex-husband, Gerald Uden. He was going to take Reagan and Richard bird hunting and the boys had a rifle in the car with them. They never arrived at their destination and have never been seen again.
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. The station wagon was located in the vicinity of the 700 block of north Federal Court in Riverton, Wyoming, near Dickson Park Road and Trout Creek Canyon in the Wind River Canyon region of Fremont County. It appeared as if someone had tried to push it into the canyon, but it became lodged on some rocks 75 feet from the top and did not fall all the way down. Someone then tried to conceal it by covering it with pine branches. Large amounts of Virginia's blood were found all over the car's interior.

In 2008, the case received new attention when investigators searched Gerald's former residence. He sold the property in 1985 and it went through several owners after that. Authorities believe Virginia is deceased, but they are uncertain as to the fate of her sons. Their cases remain unsolved.
Circumstances: The boys were last seen in the family station wagon, with their mother, Virginia Uden, going to meet the boys' adopted father. The vehicle was located on October 4, 1980, in the vicinity of the 700 block of N. Federal Court in Riverton, Wyoming, an area near Dickson Park Road and Trout Creek Canyon in the Wind River Canyon region of Fremont County. Traces of blood matching the type of Virgina Uden were found in the car; it had also been vandalized. (Photos and vital statistics for Virgnia Uden are available at the end of this page.) Classified as Non-Family Abductions.

Theories: Abduction is likely; the vehicle would not have been found, and certainly not vandalized, if this was a voluntary disappearance. Blood indicates one came to harm, but not necessarily death. In this case, only a small amount of blood was found. Since DNA testing was not available then, the blood may not even be Virginia's (although it is likely it is her's). (Some organizations claim it belonged to the boys; no information was provided to show how this was known, however) 


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