Investigators search field near missing Ashburn woman’s home
Loudoun County deputies on Thursday expanded a field search near the apartment of a pregnant Ashburn woman who has been missing for nearly two months.
Law enforcement were searching for clues that could help investigators locate 21-year-old Bethany Anne Decker’s whereabouts.
As of 2:30 p.m., deputies continued the search on foot and ATVs in a wooded area across the street from Bethany Anne Decker’s apartment, but so far, no clues have been found as to where she could be, said Investigator Vince DiBenedetto, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say they have no leads that indicate foul play in Bethany Anne Decker’s disappearance.
However, as the days pass with no word from Bethany Decker, investigators believe foul play is a real possibility.
“Technically, this is a missing person’s complaint at this time. There’s no evidence of foul play, but the longer time goes by the more likely that there is a possibility of foul play,” said Sheriff Steve Simpson.
A March 1 search near her Orchard Grass Terrace apartment, came up empty-handed as well, Capt. Ken Pratt said.
Investigators have also combed through Decker’s cell phone records, bank and Facebook accounts for evidence of her whereabouts, Pratt said.
All activity on her cell phone and bank accounts stopped on Jan. 29, investigators said.
Police say someone posing as Bethany Decker continued activity on her Facebook account after she was reported missing.
Bethany Decker, who is six-months pregnant, was last seen on Jan. 29 by her boyfriend, Ronald Roldan, the father of her unborn child. The two were living in Bethany Decker’s Ashburn apartment together until the lease expired on Jan. 31, according to search warrant filed in Fairfax County General District Court.
Investigators have questioned Roldan along with Bethany Decker’s husband Emile Decker about her disappearance.
Emile Decker was serving with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan until recently when he was allowed to return home.
The couple’s 18-month-old son had been living in Fredericksburg with Bethany Decker’s parents while she attended college full-time at George Mason University and Emile Decker was in Afghanistan.
Investigators said during a March 2 news conference that the couple, who have been married about 18 months, were together from at least Jan. 18 to Jan. 23, during a trip to Hawaii, when Emile Decker was home on leave.
He left Feb. 2 to return to Afghanistan. His wife did not see him off, investigators said.
Investigators say Emile Decker is cooperating fully with the investigation.
However, Roldan is not.
“Some are cooperative, some are not. We feel we have probably interviewed folks in this investigation already that probably have information that we would like to have and have been reluctant to hand that information over yet. So, we’re hopeful that as the days go by that they’ll realize that if they have information, no matter how insignificant they think it is, they will give it to us,” Simpson said.
Investigators searched the Centreville home where Roldan was living with his mother earlier this month.
According to the search warrant filed in Fairfax County, Roldan has “made conflicting statements regarding when he noticed her car being parked in the parking lot in front of their shared apartment.”
The warrant states that investigators on March 1 seized immigration papers, a black bag with assorted papers, keys and other things from the Roldan’s home.
Bethany Decker’s family reported her missing on Feb. 19.
The family has said Bethany Decker was usually in contact with some member of her family every day, either through phone calls, text or Facebook messages.
But as the days passed with no contact, her family said they didn’t begin to worry right away since she had such a hectic lifestyle.
It was only when her grandparents stopped by her Ashburn apartment on Feb. 19 and found her vehicle still parked at the complex that they began to worry, her grandmother Evelyn Bayles said.
Bethany Decker is about 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. Mack Halley at 703-777-0475.
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