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ASHBURN, Va. – The boyfriend of a pregnant Virginia college student who vanished in 2011 has been arrested in North Carolina — where he was imprisoned for trying to kill another girlfriend — and charged in connection with her disappearance.

Ronald Dennis Roldan, 40, is charged with abduction by force or intimidation in the disappearance of Bethany Anne Decker, whose body has never been found. According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office officials, he was extradited back to Virginia on Tuesday.

Roldan is being held without bond in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

“As we move forward with a warrant for arrest surrounding the disappearance of Bethany Anne Decker, our detectives are determined to find justice for Bethany and her family,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a statement obtained by WUSA-TV in Washington.

Decker, 21, of Ashburn, was five months pregnant on Jan. 29, 2011, when she was last seen alive. According to the Charley Project, Decker had been married for 18 months but was having marital problems with her husband, Army National Guard member Emile Decker, who was stationed in Afghanistan but was on leave.

Bethany Decker

Bethany Anne Decker, 21, was last seen alive Jan. 29, 2011. Decker, who was five months pregnant, remains missing. Her then-boyfriend, Ronald Dennis Roldan, 40, was charged Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, with her abduction.

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The couple had a 1-year-old son, who was living with Bethany Decker’s parents at the time of her disappearance.

“The couple took a vacation in Hawaii just before Decker’s disappearance and returned to Virginia on Jan. 28,” the Charley Project’s website states. “Decker’s husband returned to Afghanistan on Feb. 4.

“(Decker) wasn’t at the airport to see him off, which is uncharacteristic of her, but she and her husband had been having marital problems and her loved ones thought perhaps this was why she didn’t say goodbye to him.”

Decker’s family reported her missing Feb. 19 after multiple attempts to contact her failed, the website states. They also realized someone was impersonating the young mother on her Facebook account.

At that point, no one had seen or heard from her in three weeks.

Emile Decker told police he’d received a “sketchy” email that he did not believe had been sent by his wife, WTOP-TV in Washington reported.

“Suspicious activity was also later reported on Bethany’s Facebook account by her mother and some of Bethany’s friends,” according to a search warrant obtained by the news station last year.

Investigators at that time obtained a warrant to search Decker’s Facebook account. WTOP reported that advances in technology since her disappearance had made it easier for authorities to pinpoint the origin of the suspicious activity.

The odd social media activity was not detectives’ only clue in 2011 that something was terribly wrong.

“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,” the Charley Project reported. “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.”

At the time she vanished, Decker had been living with Roldan for a couple of months at an apartment on Orchard Grass Terrace. According to the Charley Project, Roldan was the father of her unborn child.

Roldan told investigators he last saw her on Jan. 29 at their apartment, Loudoun County authorities said.

Shortly after Decker’s disappearance, authorities learned from her family that Roldan had allegedly been abusive toward her. According to WTOP, Roldan had never been publicly named as a suspect, but authorities said they had no other persons of interest in the case.

Roldan was arrested this week as he was due to finish up a prison sentence stemming from a 2014 attack on another girlfriend. He was arrested on Nov. 13, 2014, and charged with attempted murder and other crimes in a domestic violence incident that occurred the day before.

WTOP reported that Pinehurst, North Carolina, police officers responded to a house where they found both Roldan and his then-girlfriend suffering from gunshot wounds. According to authorities, Roldan was abusing Vickey Willoughby when she grabbed a gun and shot him twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen.

Ronald Roldan

Ronald Dennis Roldan, pictured in an undated booking photo, is charged with abduction by force or intimidation in the January 2011 disappearance of Bethany Anne Decker, 21, of Ashburn, Va. Decker’s body has never been found.

Roldan responded by shooting Willoughby three times, including once in the head. She survived but lost an eye.

Willoughby also suffered a broken neck in the beating she took before grabbing the gun and shooting Roldan, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported.

Roldan ultimately pleaded guilty in 2016 to reduced charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was sentenced to a term of six to eight years in prison.

North Carolina prison records show his projected release date was Tuesday, the same day he was extradited to Virginia to face charges in Decker’s disappearance.

Willoughby, who now goes by the name Vickey Iarussi, told WUSA following Roldan’s latest arrest that she believes he is capable of having killed the pregnant woman nine years ago. She had previously come forward with information she said could potentially implicate him in the crime.

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“He just told me that he can make people disappear,” Iarussi told the news station. “And that I better be quiet and I better not go to the police.

Iarussi said she was relieved by his new arrest.

“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,” she told WUSA.

She also said she hopes his arrest and Decker’s name back in the spotlight could lead to new information about the missing woman’s whereabouts.

Anyone who has any information about Bethany Anne Decker or the case is asked to contact Loudoun County Detective M. Bush at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Tipsters man also submit information through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app, available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Ronald Roldan and Bethany Decker

Ronald Dennis Roldan, 40, is charged with abduction by force or intimidation in the January 2011 disappearance of Bethany Anne Decker, 21, of Ashburn, Va. Decker’s body has never been found.