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Loudoun deputies file new search warrant in Bethany Decker missing person case

Bethany Decker.
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office detectives, after at least five years, have filed a search warrant seeking information that could lead them to the whereabouts of a missing, pregnant Ashburn woman.

The search warrant, filed on July 7, requests access to a cellphone, tablet and laptop belonging to Ronald Roldan, a person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of 21-year-old Bethany Decker, who was five months pregnant when she was reported missing.

Roldan was dating and living with Decker at the time of her disappearance and was believed to be the father of Decker's unborn child. Decker was married to Emile Decker, who was serving in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard, at the time of her disappearance.

Roldan, 35, was charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend, Vicky Willoughby, in Pinehurst, N.C. in March 2015. Roldan broke Willoughby's neck, bit her, punched her and took a handgun from her to shoot her in the face, according to court records. Roldan took a plea deal in the case in May and was sentenced to 72 to 99 months in prison. With time served, he could be released as early as 2020.

According to the search warrant, Willoughby told police Roldan said to her, “I've made someone disappear before and I'll do it again.”

LCSO detectives obtained Roldan's phone, tablet and laptop on a court order on June 15. The warrant requests to search the electronics for any information about Decker and her whereabouts.

Decker was reported missing by her family on Feb. 19, 2011, after several attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.

She was attending George Mason University and working full-time as a waitress when her family lost contact with her. Decker's son, who is now living with his father, Emile, was staying with her parents in Fredericksburg while she finished her education.

At the time, investigators said Decker and her husband had been married about 18 months and were together from at least Jan. 18 to Jan. 23, 2011, during a trip to Hawaii while he was home on leave.

He left Feb. 2, 2011, to return to Afghanistan. His wife did not see him off, investigators said.

In March 2011, investigators searched Roldan's home and seized immigration papers, a black bag with assorted papers, keys and other items, according to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County.

As the investigation progressed, Loudoun investigators told the Times-Mirror at the time that Roldan “made conflicting statements regarding when he noticed [Decker's] car being parking in the parking lot in front of their shared apartment.”

At some point during the investigation, detectives said Roldan stopped cooperating with law enforcement.

“Some are cooperative, some are not. We feel we have probably interviewed folks in this investigation already that probably have information that we would like to have and have been reluctant to hand that information over yet. So, we’re hopeful that, as the days go by, that they’ll realize that if they have information, no matter how insignificant they think it is, they will give it to us,” former Loudoun Sheriff Steve Simpson told the Times-Mirror in 2011.


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