The boyfriend of 21-year-old Bethany Anne Decker is charged with her 2011 disappearance on Monday. Bethany, a student of George Mason University, had been pregnant five months before she suddenly went missing on January 29, 2011, in Loudon County, Virginia.
According to WUSA9, Bethany lived with her boyfriend, 40-year-old Ronald Roldan, in her Ashburn apartment; at the same time, her husband, Emile Decker, was deployed in Afghanistan. After her disappearance, investigators learned that Bethany had been in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Consequently, Ronald, the father of Bethany’s unborn child, would be the last person to see her alive.
The investigation into her disappearance occurred after Bethany failed to show up to her husband’s deployment on February 2, 2011. According to NBC Washington, she had left her car in the parking lot, but she was nowhere to be found. Over the next several weeks, her family tried to contact her, but to no avail. Bethany’s family reported her missing on February 19, 2011.
Before charging Ronald with his girlfriend’s abduction and subsequent murder, police couldn’t arrest or charge him as a suspect. However, after he stopped complying to answer questions about his former girlfriend’s disappearance, Ronald had become the prime suspect in the case. Soon, Virginia officials were able to charge him for the abduction and disappearance of Bethany Becker ten years later.
According to WTOP, Ronald was about to be released from prison for attempted murder in 2014. Vickey Willoughby, a former girlfriend of Ronald, was attacked and shot in the face in Pinehurst, North Carolina, six years ago. She lost an eye as a result of her injuries. Ronald pleaded guilty to charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony assault to inflict serious bodily injury or harm.
Ronald is expected to be transferred to Loudon County Jail on Tuesday. As of today, Bethany Decker’s body hasn’t been recovered.