Bethany Anne Decker

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Above Images: Decker, circa 2011

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 29, 2011 from Loudon County, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 13, 1989
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Decker has a small tattoo on her left ankle. A photo of the tattoo is posted below this case summary. Decker's ears are pierced.
  • Medical Conditions: Decker was about four to five months pregnant at the time of her disappearance; her due date was August 7, 2011.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Decker was last seen in Loudon County, Virginia on January 29, 2011. She lived in an apartment on Orchard Grass Terrace in Ashburn, Virginia. Her husband was on leave from military duty in Afghanistan that month. They had been married about eighteen months and had a one-year-old son, who lived with Decker's parents. The couple took a vacation in Hawaii just before Decker's disappearance and returned to Virginia on January 28. Decker's husband returned to Afghanistan on February 4. She wasn't at the airport to see him off, which is uncharacteristic of her. Her family reported her missing on February 19, after their numerous attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

    Decker's car was found parked in her garage after her disappearance. There hasn't been any activity on her bank accounts, email or cellular phone since she went missing, and she hasn't gone to work at the Carrabba's Italian Grill in Centreville, Virginia or attended classes at George Mason University, where she was a senior majoring in global and economic change. She also left behind her passport and identification. After her disappearance, someone posing as her used her Facebook account to send messages to her friends.

    Decker was dating Ronald Roldan at the time of her disappearance. They had been living together for two months and he was the last person to see her, and he was the father of her unborn child. Although Decker's husband and Roldan have both been cooperative with the police in her case, Roldan has been named as a person of interest. Decker's family said she'd told them he was controlling and abusive. Decker's husband has since returned from Afghanistan and taken custody of their child.

    The circumstances of Decker's disappearance are unclear. Since she went missing, there's no activity on her bank or email accounts or her cellular phone, no evidence that she left the country and no records indicating she's given birth. Authorities can find no evidence of foul play and her mother hopes she's still alive, but her disappearance is uncharacteristic and her family believes she may be in danger. Her case remains unsolved.

    Tattoo
    Above: Decker's tattoo

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
    703-777-0445

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    Source Information
    Virginia State Police
    NamUs
    CBS News
    Fairfax Patch
    WTOP 103.5 FM
    The Loudon Times
    NBC Washington
    Leesburg Today
    Facebook Page for Bethany Decker
    The Washington Examiner
    The Washington Post
    MyFox DC

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 7, 2014; two pictures added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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