Photo of Bethany Anne Decker taken shortly before her January, 2011 disappearance
Bethany Decker was a 21-year-old mother to a 4-year-old child and was pregnant with another when she disappeared on January 29, 2011 under suspicious circumstances at her apartment on Orchard Grass Terrace in Ashburn, Virginia. She was last seen with her former boyfriend, Ronald Dennis Roldan, who was living with Decker prior to her disappearance. Roldan was last seen in Annadale, Fairfax County, VA.
Bethany Decker had described Roldan’s demeanor to family and friends as “controlling and abusive” according to investigators in court documents.
Roldan’s attorney had said his client was being ‘cooperative’ although sources in the sheriff’s office say he eventually ceased answering questions.
After repeated attempts to contact Decker, her family contacted police on February 19, 2011 and filed a missing persons report. At the time, family members had thought she was with friends, and her friends believed she was staying with family.
According to authorities, there has been no activity on her bank accounts, cell phone, or email account. She was a student attended George Mason University but hasn’t attended any classes after 01/29/11. Kim Nelson, the missing woman’s mother, said her daughter was looking forward to completing her degree and only had 3 more classes left.
Investigators created a timeline which places Decker in Columbia, Maryland the day she went missing. She was there with family members, including her grandmother and her husband, Emile Decker. Her husband, Emile Decker, left for tour duty in Afghanistan on February 2, 2011, three days after his wife went missing. According to the Disappeared show on ID, the couple’s marriage was on the rocks and Bethany did not see Emile off prior to him leaving. Emile has since returned from duty.
Photo of Bethany Deck with former husband Emile Decker
The last person to have seen Bethany, Ronald Roldan, had his attorney make a April, 2012 statement saying that he believed Decker was alive and will return home safely.
Ronald Roldan’s attorney, Andi Geloo, told WTOP, “my client remains hopeful and prays daily that Bethany will come home.”
Decker’s family and loved ones have been desperately searching for their daughter since her 2011 disappearance. Last week marked the second anniversary since she went missing and since then, her family has reached out to the public threw Facebook, and even met with producers of TV show Disappeared on Investigation Discovery (ID) channel to get their daughter’s name and disappearance out there. Click here to see a clip from the ID program.
Recently her family started the Hope Ribbon for Bethany project to keep the public’s attention.
“Our family has an empty place that was filled with Bethany’s laughter,” said Nelson to reporters when speaking about her daughter’s disappearance.
“Her 3-year-old son will ask ‘Where’s Mommy’ and all I can say is that I don’t know but God is with her,” Nelson said. “We are praying that someone has information on the details of her disappearance and will have the courage to come forward.”
There is no evidence in the case that points to foul play, but authorities are looking at all the possibilities.
Find Bethany Decker is a Facebook page created to update the public and share theories and support her family and loved ones.
Bethany Decker is described as a Caucasian female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 4-foot-11 and weighed 130 pounds and had a baby bump due to being 5 months pregnant at the time.
Case Number: 2011-002659
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (Int Mack Halley) – 703-777-0475 and/or Detective Mark McCaffrey