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Va. investigators searching for missing pregnant woman

Wednesday - 3/2/2011, 6:24pm  ET

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Bethany Decker, 21, was last seen at her Ashburn apartment Jan. 29.
UPDATE: The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says Emile Decker is cooperating with the investigation and arrangements are being made through the military for an electronic interview.


ASHBURN, Va. - Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a pregnant woman who has been missing for over a month.

Bethany Decker, 21, was last seen at her Ashburn apartment Jan. 29. Investigators believe the last person to see Decker was her husband, Emile. The two were last seen together at a family gathering after returning from a vacation in Hawaii.

Decker's family was surprised that Bethany did not see her husband leave for an Army deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 2. After her family failed in attempts to contact Bethany, they reported her missing on Feb. 19.

Investigators are asking the Army to allow Emile Decker to return home for more questioning. Decker has contacted investigators by phone.

"We don't have exact details of what might have happened on the trip to Hawaii," says Capt. Ken Pratt with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

"If there were problems, we want to hear it from Emile. Friends and acquaintances who knew Bethany, who knew Emile, and knows the family would hopefully be able to help fill in some of the blanks as well."

Decker has a 17-month-old son who has been living with a grandmother in Richmond while she attended George Mason University. She is described as white, about 4 feet, 11 inches tall, around 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Decker's disappearance is asked to call the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0475.

Neal Augenstein contributed to this report. Follow Neal on Twitter.

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