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A North Carolina man has been charged in connection to the disappearance of his girlfriend, who vanished without a trace nearly 10 years ago.
Ronald D. Roldan, 40, was charged with abduction and extradited from North Carolina to Virginia this week, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release Tuesday. Roldan’s girlfriend, Bethany Anne Decker, disappeared in 2011 when she was 21 years old and five months pregnant. Roldan, who lived with Decker at the time, previously told authorities that the last time he saw her was on Jan. 29, 2011, and that she was at their apartment in Ashburn, Virginia. Decker’s family reported her missing weeks later, on Feb. 19. Although her car was located in the parking lot of her apartment complex, Decker herself has yet to be found, authorities said.
At the time of her disappearance, Decker’s husband Emile Decker, who was in the Army National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan, WTOP reports. Bethany was living with Roldan, who allegedly abused her, authorities learned during the course of their investigation. He was named a person of interest but had not been charged until recently.
Before being extradited to Virginia, Roldan was serving time in North Carolina for the 2014 assault and shooting of another ex-girlfriend, Vickey Willoughby, according to WTOP. He attacked her so brutal that she lost an eye. He pleaded guilty in 2016 to felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflicting serious injury and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
For the 2016 attack, Roldan was sentenced to a minimum of six years and a maximum of eight years and three months behind bars, according to another WTOP report. After completing his sentence, he was scheduled to be transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who would begin the process of deporting him to Bolivia.
Vickey Willoughby, who has also been referred to as Vickey Iarussi, told WUSA9 that Roldan was capable of murder.
“He just told me that he can make people disappear," she told the station. "And that I better be quiet and I better not go to the police. I'm just very thankful that he's going to still be locked up and behind bars, because then he can't hurt anyone else.”
Roldan is currently in custody at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
Authorities are presumably still searching for Decker. Anyone with any information on the case is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office or contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 to leave an anonymous tip.
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