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New timeline in missing pregnant woman case

Sunday - 3/6/2011, 11:30am  ET

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Bethany Decker was last seen on Jan. 29.
Neal Augenstein, wtop.com

ASHBURN, Va. - Details in search warrants are revealing possible new motives for the disappearance of 21-year-old Bethany Decker, a pregnant, married Ashburn woman, who has been missing for over a month.

As Decker's husband, Emile, serves in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday searched the Centreville home of Bethany Decker's current boyfriend - the man described in court documents as the father of Decker's unborn child.

Investigators believe the boyfriend was the last person to see Decker.

The Centreville man moved out of Decker's apartment in February, according to the affidavit. Police say the man gave conflicting reports of when he noticed Decker's car parked outside her apartment.

The search warrant apparently contradicts several answers given in a Wednesday news conference, in which Decker's family and investigators asked for the public's help in locating her.

During extensive questioning from reporters about Decker's marriage and the identity of the unborn child, investigators did not reveal any of the details in the search warrant affidavit filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court the day before. The search warrant was first reported by the Washington Post.

In their appeal for the public's help, Decker's parents and grandparents made no mention of any problems in Bethany Decker's relationship with her husband.

Wednesday, investigators had said Emile Decker was the last known person to have seen his wife. Vincent DiBenedetto, a spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff says investigators now believe "the friend was the last person to see her on January 29th. Emile likely saw her earlier in the day."

DiBenedetto says both men have answered investigators questions, and are cooperating in the search for Decker.

Investigators have not found any evidence of foul play, and no suspects have been named.

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

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