The boyfriend of a missing Virginia Beach woman who disappeared earlier this month was arrested on Sunday for murder and child abuse charges.
Virginia Beach Police confirm that Lamont Johnson, former boyfriend of 40-year-old mother of four, Bellamy Gamboa (pictured left), is behind bars for second-degree murder and four counts of “contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child.” Johnson is the father of Gamboa’s toddler twins.
Virginia Beach police declined to say whether the murder charge is in connection with Bellamy, but according to the arrest record, the date of the offense coincides with the date she disappeared. Authorities also are not disclosing what the child abuse charges entail at this time.
So far, there has been no indication that Bellamy has been found or what evidence led police to arrest Johnson.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, it’s been close to a month since Bellamy disappeared from her Virginia Beach apartment, but her sister vows to never to give up until she finds her.
CrimeOnline spoke exclusively with Charisse Gamboa (pictured right), Bellamy’s younger sister. The siblings are close. In fact, the entire family is close, often checking in with each other several times per day. When Charisse’s father called her on July 2 and told her he hadn’t heard from Bellamy, she immediately started trying to contact her.
Bellamy didn’t contact anyone at all on Monday, July 2, which is not like her, according to Charisse. Yet the greatest concern was Bellamy failing to pick up her children. Texts were unanswered on her cellphone. Calls were not returned. Charisse, worried for her sister, tried calling Bellamy’s ex, Lamont Johnson, the father of the woman’s twins, but he said he had no idea where she could be.
According to Charisse, Johnson said he last saw Bellamy on July 1 at around 10 p.m. He claimed they got into an argument and he went to bed, while Bellamy slept in a different area of the residence. Although Johnson and Bellamy were no longer in a relationship, they still lived together and parented their toddler twins under one roof at the Diamond Springs Apartments off of Diamond Springs Road and Shore Drive.
“Lamont told me he saw Bellamy go upstairs at 10 p.m. after an argument. He fell asleep and woke up at around 1:15 a.m. to get gas and cigarettes, then came home. He [said] he didn’t notice if her car was gone or not. He woke up again around 6:30 to 7 a.m. and said the twins were awake in their playpen, and noticed Bellamy was not home.”
The same day, Bellamy, an import specialist at Livingston International, didn’t make it into work. The police stopped by her home in the afternoon after her employer requested a welfare check.
“She never not shows up,” Charisse explained. “Even if she’s running late, she’ll call in the elevator.”
That evening, the family reported Bellamy missing.
“She texts her two teens ever hour and is a team Mom for baseball. That day, Monday, July 2, her son, Daniel, didn’t receive the usual encouraging ‘team Mom’ group text for their scheduled game that evening,” Charisse said.
Charisse also said her sister “would never leave the twins alone with their father,” and was in the process of finding another place to live when she disappeared.
“It was not a healthy situation and she was trying to find another option. She was trying move out. The only reason she stayed under the same room was for the sake of the twins. She would never leave her children, period. She doesn’t go out.”
On July 3, a waste company spotted Bellamy’s 2015 Gold Ford Focus next to an apartment complex dumpster and contacted authorities, as it was in the way of the employees retrieving trash. According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, the car was four miles away from Bellamy’s last known whereabouts, with her keys and purse still inside.
On July 5, authorities issued a Critically Missing Adult alert for Bellamy. On July 25, they canceled the alert. Police continue to look for her, however, and Charisse said she would never give up searching for her sister.
Bellamy stands 5-feet-2-inches tall, weighs around 135 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She has “Bellamy” tattooed on her right ankle and a of a band of roses tattoo on her right arm.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Virginia Beach Police at 757-385-8175 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
[Feature Photo: Bellamy and Charisse Gamboa/Family Handout]