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Sources: Authorities think missing Ashburn woman may be hiding

Friday - 4/15/2011, 2:21pm  ET

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Bethany Decker was last seen at her Ashburn apartment Jan. 29.

WASHINGTON - Investigators are taking seriously the possibility that a missing pregnant woman from Ashburn is alive and hiding, sources tell WTOP.

Bethany Decker disappeared in late January. WTOP has learned investigators found Decker's purse in her apartment when she was reported missing, and they are considering the possibility she is hiding and with someone else despite no activity on her cell phone or credit cards.

Decker's husband, Emile Decker, was serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and was thought to be the last person to see her. Investigators have since said Decker's boyfriend, Ronald Roldan, was living with her and is believed to be the last person to see her before she went missing.

Emile Decker remains home from Afghanistan and is cooperating with authorities.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has named Roldan a person of interest in the disappearance, and believe he is the father of Decker's unborn child. According to investigators, Bethany Decker had described her boyfriend's demeanor to family and friends as "controlling and abusive."

Roldan has a lawyer and is no longer answering questions in the case.

WTOP's Neal Augenstein contributed to this report. Follow Neal and WTOP on Twitter.

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