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Missing Ashburn woman due to give birth Sunday


Loudoun County investigators on Friday released new photos of a missing pregnant Ashburn woman, hoping the images will generate new information as to her whereabouts.

Bethany Decker, 22, is due to give birth to her second child on Sunday, Aug. 7, authorities say. 

She has been missing since Jan. 29.

The photos released to the media on Friday show Bethany Decker when she was in the final trimester of pregnancy with her first child. A second photo shows an image of a tattoo just above her left ankle.

“We’re trying to get the picture out as to how she would look today,” said Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

For investigators, it seems Bethany Decker disappeared without a trace.

There is no evidence of foul play, Troxell said, and all activity on the missing woman’s bank and Facebook accounts and cell phone stopped on Jan. 29.

Although, authorities said following her disappearance that someone posing as Bethany Decker continued activity on her Facebook account after she was reported missing.

“Nothing has led us in any other direction,” he said.

Bethany Decker’s family reported her missing on Feb. 19. The family had not heard from her in weeks, and her grandparents visited her Ashburn apartment to find her car but no sign of their loved one.

The investigation later revealed that Bethany Decker was last seen in her Ashburn apartment on Jan. 29 by her boyfriend, Ronald Rolan, who also has been reported as the father of her unborn child.

The two were reportedly living together in the Orchard Grass Terrace apartment until the lease expired on Jan. 31, according to a warrant filed in Fairfax County General District Court to search Rolan’s Centreville home.

Investigators have questioned Rolan along with Bethany Decker’s husband Emile Decker about her disappearance.

Emile Decker was serving with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan at the time his wife was reported missing.

The couple’s toddler 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.

Bethany Decker was working at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Centreville at the time she went missing.

Authorities on Friday said they are continuing to question her co-workers for information.

“A lot of what we’re working on is talking to friends or acquaintances and following up on information we obtain from these interviews,” Troxell said.

Investigators were able to work with the Army National Guard to bring Emile Decker home for questioning following initial reports of his wife’s disappearance. However, Troxell said Friday the husband has since returned overseas.

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.

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 Investigator Mack Halley at 703-777-0475 or Investigator K. Poland at 703-777-0475. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.


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