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Ex-boyfriend of missing Virginia Beach mom arrested for murder

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-29 12:50:29-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Police said the ex-boyfriend of a missing Virginia Beach mother of four has been arrested for her murder.

Bellamy Malaki Gamboa, 39, was last seen at her home near Diamond Springs Road on Sunday, July 1,  according to police.

Virginia Beach Police arrested 41-year-old Lamont Johnson for second-degree murder on Sunday. According to jail records, the alleged crime happened on July 1, the same day Gamboa vanished.

Additionally, Johnson was charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, WTKR reported. 

"The Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges are related to specific events involving the children held in common between Lamont Johnson and Bellamy M. Gamboa," police said.

Johnson is the father of Gamboa’s twin infants and the pair lived together even though they were no longer romantically involved, WTKR reported.

Officials said the delay in releasing that the charges were in relation to the Gamboa case was so officers could complete next of kin notification.

The location of Gamboa's body remains a mystery, according to police.

Johnson is being held without bond at the Virginia Beach City Jail.

Lamont Johnson

Lamont Johnson

Critically Missing Adult Alert expires 

A Critically Missing Adult Alert issued by Virginia State Police for the missing mother expired earlier this week.

Gamboa’s 2015 gold four-door Ford Focus was located on July 3, parked next to a dumpster in the 5800 block of Pickering Street.

Police described Bellamy as an Asian woman who is 5 feet 1 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. She has a tattoo of a band of roses on her right arm and “Bellamy” tattooed on her right ankle.

The FBI joined the Virginia Beach Police Department in their search for the missing mother earlier this month.

The agency said while they are not the lead investigators, they are assisting the VBPD search through investigative and technical assistance.

The FBI did not provide further details on how they are helping investigate.

Bellamy Gamboa

Bellamy Gamboa

Friends and family search for missing mother

Friends and family members organized searches in hopes of finding Gamboa through their "BRING Bellamy HOME" Facebook page.

“She needs to be home with her babies, you know,” friend Tiffany Hazley told WTKR on July 8. “This is just not really making a lot of sense right now.”

Hazley said it was completely unlike Gamboa to just disappear.

“It’s not anything that she would do to jeopardize the situation where she would not be here to watch her older children grow up or her younger kids grow up,” Hazley said.