Pregnant Virginia Woman Missing More Than a Month

By Matthew Stabley
|  Saturday, Mar 5, 2011  |  Updated 7:45 AM EDT
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A young Virginia mother who's pregnant with her second child is still missing. Bethany Decker vanished from her Ashburn home over a month ago. Now police have spoken to her husband, who is serving overseas.

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What Happened to Bethany Decker?

Craig Melvin reports on a missing pregnant woman who disappeared without a trace, days before her husband was deployed to Afghanistan.

Pregnant Woman's Sudden Disappearance Puzzles Deputies

The search is on for a missing Loudoun County woman. Bethany Anne Decker disappeared a month ago.
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The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is searching for an Ashburn, Va., woman missing since January.

Bethany Anne Decker, 21, has a 17-month-old son and is believed to be about five months pregnant.  She was last seen Jan. 29. After weeks of failing to contact Decker, her family reported her missing Feb. 19.

"I'm praying and I have faith that she's safe," said her mother, Kim Nelson. "Wherever she is, she knows that we love her."

Investigators said they have no idea what happened to her. Her car was found at her last known address on Orchard Grass Terrace.

The sheriff's office is looking at all possibilities, including foul play, though there is no evidence of any at the moment.

"She's one who would be texting us, calling us," Nelson said. "If she wasn't talking to me, she'd be talking to one of her siblings."

Decker, a senior at George Mason University, is white, 4-feet-11-inches tall and about 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Decker's husband, Emile Decker, is currently serving with his Army unit in Afghanistan.  They have been married for about a year and a half.

"He has been here in the country on leave, and was with Ms. Decker back in January," said a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. "We need to come up with a timeline as far as their contact with each other before he was sent back to Afghanistan."

He was the last to see his wife, and when she wasn't at his Feb. 2 deployment sendoff, that was her family's first red flag. Another was the fact that her car was parked outside her home but she couldn't be reached. And her family doesn't believe she'd choose to be separated from her son.

Law enforcement officials said they spoke to Emile Decker and were trying to arrange an electronic face-to-face follow up interview with the military's help.

Anyone with information about this case should call 703-777-0475.

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