The boyfriend of Bethany Decker, a pregnant mother who disappeared nearly 10 years ago, is being charged with abduction in her disappearance, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Bethany Decker was 21 years old when she disappeared near Ashburn, Virginia in January 2011. Ronald Roldan, her boyfriend at the time and father of her unborn child, was the last person known to have seen her. According to court documents, Roldan was living at her apartment when she disappeared, while her husband was away at military training. Despite numerous searches, Bethany was never found.
Bethany was five months pregnant when she disappeared, and left behind a 2 year old son. Her case was featured in the sixth season of the show Disappeared.
Roland was named as a person of interest in Decker’s disappearance, but never officially a suspect until now. Authorities did state that he had become uncooperative in their investigation and was no longer willing to answer questions.
Roldan is currently serving time in North Carolina for two charges of domestic violence against another woman, and was about to be released from prison. The victim in that assault, Vickey Willoughby, lost an eye after he shot her in the face 2014.
In May of 2016, Roldan pleaded guilty to two charges, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
Deputies from Loudoun County are traveling to North Carolina to transport him back to Virginia to face the abduction charge.
“As we move forward with a warrant for arrest surrounding the disappearance of Bethany Anne Decker, our detectives are determined to find justice for Bethany and her family,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a written statement.
Her remains have never been found, and investigators have not said they recovered any forensic evidence of murder.