Police release update in Decker disappearance
A missing person flyer featuring Mason senior Bethany Anne Decker is seen on a bulletin board in Student Union Building II on March 24, 2011. Decker was last seen by a boyfriend on Jan. 29. (Photo by Jordan J. Frasier)
The disappearance of Mason senior Bethany Anne Decker, 21, remains unsolved as Loudoun County Policy continues their investigation. Police are searching the area where Decker was last seen and conducting interviews with friends and family of Decker. Police are also awaiting forensic results after obtaining items through search warrants that have included cell phones and computers, but so far no evidence has been found that points to foul play.
Police also believe someone claiming to be Decker has been using her Facebook page. After Decker’s initial disappearance there was no activity on her Facebook profile, but police say that changed several weeks into her disappearance when someone pretending to be Decker logged in to her account.
Decker is a Global and Environmental Change major who was reported missing by her family on Feb. 19 after having last been seen on Jan. 29. She was registered for spring 2011 classes at Mason after attending the fall 2010 semester, but Decker never showed up for spring classes according to friends.
Decker is married with a 17-month old son and is also believed to be about five to six months pregnant with a second child. Decker’s husband, Emile Decker is serving in Afghanistan as part of the National Guard, but was recently home on leave and took a January vacation with his wife to Hawaii before returning to Afghanistan on Feb. 2. Emile Decker is now home from Afghanistan and cooperating with the police investigation. The 17-month old son has been staying with Decker’s mother since before her disappearance.
Bethany Decker, here with her brother Kyle Littlejohn and her son Kai, pose for a photo. (photo provided to C2M by Kyle Littlejohn)
The last person believed to have seen Decker on Jan. 29 is Ronald Roldan who police say was living with Decker at an Ashburn apartment complex. That apartment has been searched by police and is also where police found Decker’s car in the parking area.
Roldan and Decker are believed to have been in a relationship according to authorities.
Police also say, sometime in mid-February Roldan moved out of the apartment he shared with Decker and moved into a Centreville home with his mother. Police executed a search warrant on that home earlier this month. Police said Wednesday that Roldan is cooperating with the investigation.
In an interview with Washington’s NBC4, police for the first time said Decker had two boyfriends, Roldan, and another unnamed man.
Police say they know Decker did not leave the country and there continues to me no activity on her bank accounts, cell phone or email. The case continues to be officially listed as a missing person investigation.
Anyone with information about Decker’s disappearance is asked to contact Inv. M. Halley at 703-777-0475. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.