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Bethany Decker disappearance to be featured on Investigation Discovery

Bethany Anne Decker

Bethany Anne Decker was 21 when she disappeared from her Ashburn home in 2011. Now, the questions surrounding the missing woman are being examined on a cable TV program.

“Disappeared” is a documentary cable program examining disappearances of people across the country. Initiated in 2009, the show has provided open cases as well as those cases where a missing person has been discovered, either alive or dead. It is broadcast on the Investigation Discovery cable channel.

Decker was attending George Mason University full-time and working as a waitress while her husband served in Afghanistan.

On Jan. 29, her local boyfriend is believed to be the last person to see her. She was five months pregnant when she disappeared.

Decker was reported missing Feb. 19, 2011, after her grandparents attempted to visit her apartment and became worried.

Decker is described as a white female, about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes.

The Bethany Decker episode is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. Repeat airings are also anticipated. For more information on the “Disappeared” cable program, visit http://www.investigation.discovery.com.

Times-Mirror Assistant Editor Crystal Owens was interviewed extensively by the show’s crew and will be featured in the episode, along with materials published by the newspaper.

“It was very nerve wracking,” said Owens, “I’m not used to being on camera. There were a lot of takes. It was humbling to be on the other side of the interview.” 

When asked why she thought the show had selected the Decker disappearance, Owens said, “One, because she was pregnant at the time she went missing. But, two, there was this love triangle so there are a couple different ways this could go.”

Crystal Owens

“Disappeared” also spoke with Decker’s family, Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman and former Sheriff Steve Simpson.

For past coverage of the Bethany Decker case, see: Missing Ashburn woman’s family: “We want to know that she’s OK”

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