Items Seized in Decker Case, But No Suspects Named
Investigators continue searching for clues to help find Ashburn woman missing since January.
Authorities last week searched the home of a Centreville man identified as the last person to see missing mother Bethany Anne Decker before she disappeared at the end of January. The results were revealed this morning.
Despite the search and previously not revealing that Decker had a boyfriend, investigators continue to stress that no suspects have been identified, nor has evidence of a crime been found.
"There are no suspects because we don't necessarily have a particular crime we are dealing with," said Investigator Vince DiBenedetto, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Everyone involved is considered a witness at this point, not a suspect, he said. He also said the boyfriend, Ronald Roldan, is cooperating with authorities.
Shannon Codere, the Loudoun County investigator who submitted the affidavit for the warrant, cited several reasons for searching the home.
"[Roldan] made conflicting statements regarding when he noticed her car being parked in the parking lot in front of their shared apartment. Decker went to Hawaii with her estranged husband just days prior to her disappearance. Roldan is described as controlling and abusive by Decker to her family and friends prior to her disappearance," the warrant reads.
Although the warrant cites two possible felonies – first- and second-degree murder – as justification for the search, the Sheriff's Office stressed Tuesday afternoon that police do not know yet whether this is ultimately a missing persons case or something else. DiBenedetto declined to say if authorities had developed any new leads after searching the home.
Decker, 21, a GMU student who lived in Ashburn, was last seen on Jan. 29, shortly before her husband, Emile Decker, deployed to Afghanistan. She is believed to be five months pregnant with her boyfriend's child. She and her husband have a 17-month-old son, who lives with Bethany Decker’s parents. Decker’s family reported her missing on Feb. 19, after having no contact with her since the end of January. Emile Decker has been in touch with investigators and is cooperating.
Roldan moved in with his mother on Saint Germain Drive in Centreville in February, according to the warrant. Loudoun County investigators confiscated two Blackberry cell phones, three other phones, a Mac notebook computer, an external unified video decoder (UVD), photos, two ticket stubs and a receipt from a Sunoco gas station, results of a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court reveals. While the warrant was filed last week, the court clerk stamped the findings March 8.
Investigators also seized immigration papers, a black bag with assorted papers, two contact cases, three keys and a remote control device, along with Giant and Harris Teeter cards.
Anyone with information on Decker's whereabouts, or who has seen her since Jan. 29, should contact Loudoun County Sheriff's Investigator M. Halley at 703-777-0475.