Missouri couple arrested for killing ex-spouses and 2 children

(Stanislav Fadyukhin)
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Updated: 9/30/2013 10:34 pm
An elderly couple was arrested three decades after allegedly killing their ex-spouses and two children in Wyoming. Gerald Uden, 71, and his wife Alice Uden, 74, have been jailed in Christian County in Northeast Missouri and are awaiting extradition.

Gerald Uden was arrested Friday on three counts of first degree murder. According to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Uden is accused of killing his ex-wife, 32-year-old Virginia Uden, and their two boys, Richard, 12, and Reagan, 10.

Virginia and her children had not been seen in Fremont County since 1980.

Uden confessed his guilt to an investigator at his home. A court document states Uden said he drove his family to an area near Pavillion in Fremont County, Wyoming, under the pretext of a bird-hunting outing. When they got out of the car, he first shot his wife, then his children, then proceeded to conceal the bodies.

The document does not indicate a motive, nor does it state whether Uden's relationship with his second wife played a role in the killings.

Alice Uden was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing her ex-husband Ronald Holtz, 25. According to his family, Holtz had not been seen since Christmas 1974.The couple had only been married about three months when Holtz disappeared.

An affidavit maintains Uden confessed in 1975 or 1976 to an unidentified witness, who came forward in 1989. The witness told police Uden said she shot Holtz in the back of the head, then wrapped his body in blankets and dumped him down a mine shaft on a property where she worked as a caretaker.

In 2007, the witness lead police to the mine shaft. After an excavation, a body was found 40 feet into the ground with a gun shot wound to the head. DNA later proved the body to be that of Holtz.

According to neighbor Danny Herd, the Uden's had been living on a 60-acre property near Chadwick, Missouri for the last 15 years.

Neither Gerald or Alice Uden had an attorney as of Monday. They will not fight extradition to Wyoming. 
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