Police discuss missing Va. woman
In response to increasing concern from family members of Bethany Anne Decker, 21, a pregnant Ashburn woman missing for over a month, Loudoun Sheriff's Investigators joined Decker's family at a press conference Wednesday to step up public outreach efforts in the hopes that she will be found.
Decker, a student at George Mason University who is believed to be about 5 months pregnant, was reported missing by family members on Feb. 19. But witnesses last saw her enter her apartment on Jan. 29, according to authorities.
Loudoun County Sheriff's Investigators said that Decker was reported missing after her family tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to contact her. At first, family members thought that Decker was just busy with school and her part-time job as a waitress, according to Kimberly Nelson, Decker's mother.
Authorities said they found Decker's car parked near her apartment on Orchard Grass Terrace, with no signs to indicate her whereabouts. There was also no sign that she had packed bags or had planned to leave her apartment, though her lease was due to expire at the end of January, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Her cell phone, bank account, facebook account and credit cards have not been used since Jan. 29, investigators said.
Decker and her husband, U.S. Army Private Emile Decker, have a 17-month-old son who has been living with his maternal grandparents while Decker attended George Mason University full-time.
Nelson said she last had contact with her daughter on Jan. 28.
"She was up in Maryland at my parents' house, and we were on speakerphone with her up there," said Nelson. "That was the last time that I'd spoken with her."
Nelson said the family was close and Decker was in frequent contact with her siblings, parents and grandparents through telephone conversations, texting and Facebook.
"We were quite concerned after it had been awhile where she hadn't contacted us," she said. "And her friends started contacting us too, saying we haven't heard from her, we haven't seen her."
Decker and her husband were on vacation together in Hawaii at the end of January while Emile was on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, according to Decker's family. Emile re-deployed on Feb. 2, just days after Decker was last seen. Family members said that they thought it was unusual that Decker did not come to the airport to see her husband off.
Decker has never run away or disappeared before, Nelson said.
Emile has been in touch with the Loudoun Sheriff's Office and is cooperating in the investigation, authorities said. Investigators said that they have not yet found any indication of foul play, and have no identified suspects or persons of interest in the case at this point.
Family members and investigators described Decker as a white woman, about 4'11" tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Decker's disappearance is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0475.
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