(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee revealed in a brief statement this morning that a mission to recover the bodies of the three Uden homicide victims is nearing the end of its planning stages and will launch soon.
Last November, 71-year-old Gerald Uden pleaded guilty in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court to murdering his ex-wife, Virginia, and her two boys Richard who was 12, and Reagan who was 10, back in 1980. Uden received a life in prison sentence. For his guilty plea, Uden had to give a factual account of the murders. During his testimony Uden said that after storing the three bodies in a mine, he put them into barrels and dumped them into Fremont Lake near Pinedale.
Following the guilty pleas, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office announced that it would seek to recover the victims’ remains from the lake.
“The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office will be assisting the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation as well as Sublette County Authorities to hopefully locate and recover the Uden Family in Fremont Lake,” Lee said in a statement. “There has been a tremendous amount of planning completed in the last few months to organize and prepare for this obviously difficult operation. The exact time frame of this complicated Search and Recovery Mission is proprietary at this point however it is tentatively scheduled to begin soon.”
Read more background on the case here.