Investigators search home of missing woman’s boyfriend
Investigators with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office last week searched the Centreville home of the boyfriend of a missing 21-year-old pregnant Ashburn woman.
The man, who has not been identified, is believed to be the last person to see Bethany Anne Decker on Jan. 29 before she disappeared, authorities said.
Bethany Decker’s family reported her missing on Feb. 19.
Authorities declined to give details of the search warrant, which was filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court and executed on March 1.
Investigator Vince DiBenedetto, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been no suspects named in Bethany Decker’s disappearance.
“He’s a cooperating witness. We’re just looking at everything we can possibly find that would give some indication as to what happened,” DiBenedetto said.
Also cooperating with authorities, DiBenedetto said, is Bethany Decker’s husband, Emile Decker, 21, who is serving with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan.
Investigators last week spoke to Emile Decker, the father of the couple’s 17-month-old son, and made contact with U.S. military officials to possibly bring the solider home, said Loudoun Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Pratt.
“He wants to cooperate fully. He was very concerned of Bethany’s whereabouts, condition. Obviously, being the father of their child he wants to hear a good resolution to this,” Pratt said.
Investigators said during a March 2 press conference that the couple, who has been married about 18 months, was 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.
The couple’s son has been living with Bethany Decker’s parents in Fredericksburg while her husband was deployed and she attended college full-time at George Mason University.
During a March 2 press conference, her family pleaded for the public’s help in finding their daughter.
The last time her family saw her was at a Jan. 28 family gathering in Columbia, Md.
“We want Bethany safe. We love her and we want to know that she is OK,” said Bethany Decker’s mother, Kim Nelson.
In addition to attending college classes, Bethany Decker, who is five months pregnant, was working as a waitress when her family lost contact with her.
Bethany Decker usually was in contact with some member of her family every day, either through phone calls, text message or Facebook messages, her mother said.
As the days passed with no contact, her family said they didn’t begin to worry right away since the 21-year-old had such a hectic lifestyle.
It was only when her grandparents stopped by her Ashburn apartment on Feb. 19 on their way to Fredericksburg and found her vehicle still parked at the complex that they began to worry, her grandmother Evelyn Bayles said.
“We just had a feeling. We were concerned,” Bayles said.
The lease on Bethany Decker’s apartment was due to expire on Jan. 31.
Investigators have said there is no evidence or indication that Bethany Decker is not alive.
Loudoun County deputies searched the nearby woods for clues as part of a routine investigation near her Orchard Grass Terrace apartment on March 1, but came up empty handed, Pratt said.
Investigators are combing through Bethany Decker’s cell phone records, bank and Facebook accounts for evidence of her whereabouts, Pratt said.
All activity on those accounts stopped on Jan. 29, investigators said.
Bethany Decker’s family describe her as “strong, outgoing and determined” woman who was studying global and economic change.
“She is my lip gloss and flip flop girl,” Nelson 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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