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The Unsolved Murder of Sylena Jo Dalton And The Kidnapping Of Her 2 Month Old Infant Still Unsolved


Photo of Baby Allyson taken in 1998 as a newborn

Allyson Dalton has been missing since the morning of July 27, 1998 when she was just an infant. Her mother, 20-year-old Sylena Jo Dalton, was murdered at their second-floor apartment on 175 South Charles Street, Apartment B-8, Strasburg, Virginia and Allyson was kidnapped at the scene.

Both Sylena and Allyson were last seen alive by a family member at 7:45 AM but when a co-worker arrived at the apartment later that afternoon she came upon Sylena’s body on the couch. She had been stabbed to death and 2 month old Allyson, along with several baby bottles, were nowhere to be found.

Neighbors stated they heard no screams or disturbances.

Authorities believe both the murder and abduction took place between 9:15am – 10:30 am.

In 2001 Sylena’s mother filed a wrongful death suit against her daughter’s former boyfriend, Daniel E. Pompell, seeking $1.5 million in damages. She claims that Pompell killed Sylena and kidnapped Allyson. It is unknown if she was successful in the suit. At the time of the murder Sylena had listed Pompell as the baby’s “probable father” on paperwork filed with the state Division of Child Support Enforcement, according to a warrant filed in Fauquier County. The warrant also stated that he was at Dalton’s apartment “at the approximate time of her death” and “angry about the possibility of additional financial obligations on him if paternity of the child was proven”.

Police did search the Warrenton home of Pompell, then 29, but found no sign of Allyson and no evidence that would point to him.

The murder weapon has never been located and baby Allyson, who would be a teenager today, remains missing.


The photo to the left is a composite sketch showing what Allyson may look at 12 years old.

Classified: Non-Family Abduction
Full Name: Allyson Kathleen Dalton
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Date of Birth: May 17, 1998
Date of Disappearance: 7/27/98
Age Then: 2 months Age Now: 15
Missing From: Strasburg, VA
Sex: Female Race: White
Hair: Brown Eye: Blue
Height: 1’8″ Weight: 8 lbs
NCMEC Case#: 850707

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Virginia State Police 540-829-7766
And/Or Virginia State Police – Bureau of Criminal Investigations 1-800-572-2260
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST

23-Year-Old Roanoke County Man Missing For Over One Week

scott-wheelingPolice in Virginia are seeking the publics help in trying to locate a young man who has been missing for twelve days.

Scott Dwayne Wheeling, 23, was last seen on March 18, 2013 in the area of Merriman Road and Meadowlark Road in Roanoke County, VA. He was not believed to have been driving any vehicles.

Detective Dan Walters from the Roanoke County Police Department said Wheeling was also seen at the Ruby Tuesday on Virginia 419 and near Tanglewood Mall on the day he went missing. There have been several unconfirmed sightings which police are still actively pursuing.

Friends and family immediately became concerned and have since messaged him on Facebook, but he has yet to respond.

According to his Facebook profile Wheeling is a father of two young children who moved from his hometown of Vinton to Roanoke County within the past couple of years. He also goes on too say that his children and wife are his ‘world’.

Scott Wheeling was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark-colored denim jeans, and light blue Nike-brand tennis shoes. He does not have any tattoos.

Authorities say they have limited leads at this point but are still actively searching for Wheeling and are asking the community to keep an eye out for anyone walking along the road.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Roanoke County Police Department (540) 562-3265

Virginia State Police Still Searching For Rockingham County Woman Who Went Missing Saturday

Cobb-HarriettVirginia State Police are searching for Harriet Cobb, a Rockingham County woman who has been missing since earlier this week.

Cobb, 62, was last seen by her family on Saturday afternoon, March 9, 2013 in Rockingham. Her family reported her missing the following day on Sunday, March 10, 2013 when she failed to contact them, something she regularly did.

Cobb’s car was discovered abandoned in Bath County on the morning of March 11, 2013. The vehicle, a 2006 silver, BMW 325i, was discovered near Back Creek on Route 39 about a ½ mile from Route 600 in Bath County, which is located in the Mountain Grove Community.

VSPD has spent over 3 days following tips and leads, and searching Back Creek and the surrounding area using dive teams and a helicopter.

Police found no signs to indicate foul play and don’t believe she was abducted however, her disappearance is unusual and they’re concerned.

Outdated photo of Harriet Cobb

Classified: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Harriet C. Cobb
Last Seen In: Rockingham County Virginia
Vehicle Discovered In: Bath County
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’3″
Weight: 115 pounds
Clothing: She was last seen wearing a light green shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Virginia State Police Salem Division at 1-800-542-5959.

Odelin Meran Cota-Rivas, 12, Missing From VA Since December 18, 2012



  • Case Type: Non Family Abduction
  • Full Name: Odelin Meran Cota-Rivas
  • Birthdate: April 10, 2000
  • Missing Date: December 18, 2012
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Sex: Female Race: Hispanic
  • Height: 5’0″ Weight: 110 pounds
  • Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
  • Missing City: Chesapeake
  • Missing State: Virginia
  • Missing Country: United States
  • NCMEC Case Number: NCMC1207967

Odelin Cota-Rivas was kidnapped by Jose Hernandez Santillan on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. A felony warrant for child abduction was issued for Jose two days later on December 20, 2012.

According to police, he may have taken Odelin to Mexico in a red 1996 Honda two-door sedan with Virginia license plate WEJ1614 similar to the photo shown above.

Odelin’s name appears as Odelin Meran Cota-Rivas as well as Odelin Cota-Rivas Merdan.

A Websleuths-User had left a comment indicating Odelin has had a ‘tough life’. It is unknown if she went off with Jose willingly.


  • Relation: Abductor
  • Full Name: Jose Luis Hernandez Santillan
  • Birthdate: October 26, 1984
  • Date of Abduction: 12/18/12
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Sex: Male Race: Hispanic
  • Age Now: 28 Height: unknown
  • Hair: Black Eye: Green
  • Last Seen In: Chesapeake, VA
  • Missing Country: United States
  • Case Number: NCMC1207967

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Chesapeake Police Department 1-757-382-6161

Source: NCMEC

Yuan Wang, Originally From China, Disappeared In 1998 After Getting Off Her Fairfax County School Bus


The left photo was taken shortly before her disappearance and the right photo is age progressed to nineteen years. She will be turning 27 this year.

  • Full Name: Yuan Xia Wang
  • Nickname: Incha
  • Missing From: Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Date Of Birth Used: September 13, 1986
  • Age Used: 12 years old (she told authorities she was twelve when arriving in the US however, it is possible that she was as old as fifteen.)
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’6″ (168 cm); 118 lbs (54 kg).
  • Race:: Asian (Chinese) Gender: Female
  • Hair: Black Eyes: Black/Dark
  • Clothing: Last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jacket, jeans and white sneakers
  • Yang spoke Mandarin Chinese and had very limited English skills at the time of her disappearance.

On August 25, 1998, twelve-year-old Yuan Wang was smuggled from China to the United States. They were taking her to Washington D.C. but their plan foiled at Dulles International Airport when one of her smugglers, a Thai citizen named Chaichana Klaharn pretended that she was his niece. Security at Dulles International Airport arrested the smugglers and in September, 1998, they were sentenced to four months in jail for passport fraud.

Meanwhile, Yuan was sent to temporary live at a Fairfax County, VA foster home. She spoke Mandarin and had very limited English so a Mandarin speaking babysitter was sent to care for her. She also started attending Holmes Middle School.

Less than two months later on October 21, 1998 at approximately 3PM, Yuan got off her school bus near Lincolnia Road and Deming Avenue in Alexandria. She was supposed to take a cab to a 3:30PM Doctors appointment but when the cab showed up, Yuan was gone. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Searches threw out Fairfax yielded no clues.

A decade after she disappeared, in 2008, investigators said they thought Yuan could be in Kansas City, Missouri, although it’s not confirmed.

Investigators have a few theories including the possibility that her smugglers kidnapped her, forcing her to work (also known as trafficking.). Or she ran away out of fear that she’d be deported back to China. Her foster family stated that although Yuan seemed very smart and appeared content with her new life, they didn’t get to know her well enough to know if she was capable of running away. Investigators are also not ruling out the possibility that she was abducted by a stranger. She is classified as “Endangered Missing”.

Agency Case Number: 982941432

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Fairfax County Police Department
Your local FBI/Police

Last Week Marked The Third Year Anniversary Since Ashburn Mother, Bethany A. Decker, Disappeared


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

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Roanoke County Police Investigating An Attempted Child Abduction; SUV Of Interest

Roanoke County Police name SUV of interest in attempted child kidnapping | Missing and Exploited Children |

Pictured; Roanoke County Police are looking for attempted kidnappers believed to have driven a white-colored SUV, (similar to the one in this photo.)

10/22/12 – ROANOKE COUNTY, VA —

Roanoke County Police released a ‘vehicle of interest’ earlier this month in their investigation of the attempted kidnapping of a child in Roanoke County, Virginia.

Authorities believe based on the description of the SUV given to them by the six-year-old boy, that two men were driving a late 1990s model white Toyota RAV 4, similar to one in the picture above. Investigators believe the SUV may have dark tinted windows, and a trailer hitch.

The investigation started two week’s ago after a police report saying two men attempted to lure a child into a vehicle.

The boy was on Peyton Street in the Summerdean subdivision at about 5:40 p.m. when two men invited him into a white sport utility vehicle. The boy didn’t get inside the vehicle and instead hurried to his grandfather’s house which was nearby and that’s when police where called.

The men were described as Caucasian and in their twenties. Both suspects were wearing baseball hats with possible Indian logos.

RCPD said there have been at least two other reports of people attempting to lure children into a white SUV in late September in the same area.

According to, Mountain View Elementary School Officials asked parents to remind their children how to handle situations with strangers. The memo advised parents to talk to their children and practice keeping a safe distance from strangers, walking away from a situation and making noise to attract attention to a potentially dangerous situation. also said anyone with information is asked to call: Detective K. Saul at 562-3265.