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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Home search in missing woman case

By Caitlin Gibson

Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday searched the home of the last person to see Bethany Anne Decker, 21, a pregnant Ashburn woman missing for over a month, according to authorities.

The Loudoun Sheriff's Office declined to detail the outcome of the search of the Centreville home where the man, described in court papers as Decker's current boyfriend, lives with his mother.

The search warrant affidavit indicated that investigators were looking for evidence that might help locate Decker. The results of the search were not available Friday afternoon at the Fairfax County Courthouse.

The Centreville man, the father of Decker's unborn child, saw Decker on Jan. 29, the papers say. He moved out of Decker's Ashburn apartment in February, police said, and made conflicting reports to police about when he first noticed Decker's car parked outside her apartment, according to the affidavit.

Decker also has a 17-month-old son with her husband, U.S. Army Private
Emile Decker, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Both men have been interviewed by detectives and are cooperating in the investigation, according to Vincent DiBenedetto, a Loudoun Sheriff's spokesman.

Investigators said Friday that they have not uncovered signs of foul play,
and have no identified suspects or persons of interest in the case.

Loudoun Sheriff's Investigators held a press conference Wednesday with
Decker's family members to step up public outreach efforts in hopes of finding her. Despite questioning regarding the status of Decker's marriage and the identity of the father of Decker's unborn child, investigators did not mention any of the details in the search warrant affidavit filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court the day before.

An attorney for Decker's family declined comment Friday. "The Nelsons and the Bayleses are cooperating with the police fully," said Peter Burns. "The best way to help Bethany is to help the police."

By Caitlin Gibson  | March 4, 2011; 4:49 PM ET
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"The Centreville man, the father of Decker's unborn child, saw Decker on Jan. 29, the papers say. Decker also has a 17-month-old son with her husband, U.S. Army Private Emile Decker, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan."

Trying to summon up some sympathy but I'll save it for the 17 month old child.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | March 4, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I felt that something shady was going on since three weeks passed before any looked for this lady. If a pregnant family member wasn't heard from for one week, I'd either be banging on her door or blowing up her phone. Three weeks and no contact is unacceptable.

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Posted by: skinfreak | March 4, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Nghbrhdwatch, are you seriously being unsympathetic about a missing girl? I know her. You know nothing about her. She's one of the sweetest girls I've ever met. I suggest you cut out the heartless comments. You have no idea what you're talking about.

Posted by: runchie37 | March 4, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Nghbrhdwatch, are you seriously being unsympathetic about a missing girl? I know her. You know nothing about her. She's one of the sweetest girls I've ever met. I suggest you cut out the heartless comments. You have no idea what you're talking about.

Posted by: runchie37 | March 4, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The reporter could have written this article a little better. As soon as you read about a husband serving overseas, a 17 month old and a baby on the way by another man, your mind can spin in all directions. Regardless of life choices and events, there is a young mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend missing. I am sure she is dearly loved and those who love her and those who feel compassion desparately want her to return safe.

Writers please do a better job of not spinning missing persons stories to make it seem as if the public shouldn't give a darn! Very frustrating!

Posted by: Ross65 | March 5, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Disappearance and death are often the fate of PROMISCUOUS women.

Posted by: slipuvalad | March 5, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Slipuvalad, grow a freaking heart. You have no idea what this girl is like.

Posted by: runchie37 | March 5, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't have to know her. I just have to see the results of her "actions".

Posted by: changingfaces | March 5, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't have to know her. I just have to see the results of her "actions" before I pass judgement. I am certain others feel the same.

Posted by: changingfaces | March 5, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of her actions, will you honestly have no sympathy for her? Nobody deserves to go missing. If you truly cannot find any sympathy in your brittle bones, think about her children.

By the way: you have no idea what her "actions" are. You only have what the media is able to tell you.

Posted by: Liesel216 | March 7, 2011 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Liesel216. No one deserves this.

Posted by: runchie37 | March 7, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Her lifestyle and choices were all bad ones. She was enabled by her parents to irresponsible and selfish. Does she deserve to be missing and most likely dead? NO, however, one does have to realize that it is her choices and lifestyle that was only asking for trouble.

Posted by: frupstny | March 8, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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