Bethany Anne Decker

Bethany Anne Decker's body was never found.

There is little to report in the investigation into the disappearance of a 21-year-old pregnant Ashburn woman who was last seen Jan. 29, but investigators with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office continue to search for clues that might lead them to her.

Bethany Anne Decker was last seen that January evening at her apartment on Orchard Grass Terrace in Ashburn by Ronald Roldan, who the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is calling a person of interest in the case. Roldan was believed to have been staying at the apartment, which only bore Decker's name on the lease.

The married mother of one was reported missing by her grandparents Feb. 19 when they came to her apartment after weeks of no contact to find her car there, but Decker was no where to be found. Decker was four months pregnant when she disappeared and would be approximately six months pregnant now. This is her second child with husband Emile Decker, a private with the Army National Guard who returned to service in Afghanistan Feb. 2 after a brief R&R. The couple's elder child, 17-month-old Kai, is staying with Bethany Decker's mother Kimberly Nelson in Fredericksburg while his mother is in school full time.

Decker is a full-time student at George Mason University, where she is a senior majoring in global and economic change. Authorities confirmed she has not attended any classes since she was last seen. Authorities also have been able to confirm that Decker did not leave the country.

Decker is white, about 4'11" tall, around 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

After working for weeks with the Army, the sheriff's office was able to bring Decker home to Loudoun. He has been cooperating fully with the investigation. Roldan also has cooperated with investigators.

Investigators have conducted dozens of interviews, according to the sheriff's office, including with Decker's family and friends. Besides Roldan, no one new has been identified as a person of interest.

Decker's case is still being ruled a missing person's case, as investigators have uncovered no evidence that indicates foul play in her disappearance.

"Until we know what we have we are not officially clearing anyone," sheriff's office spokesperson Vince DiBenedetto said. "That is not a word we are using on anyone or anything. We are not officially listing anyone as a suspect and we are not clearing anyone."

In addition to interviews, investigators have done several searches of the area near the Deckers' apartment in Ashburn, including by helicopter. DiBenedetto said no additional information or specific tips have spurred any of the searches.

"We just want to make sure we haven't missed anything," he said.

Search warrants have been obtained for cell phones and computers in the home and a forensic examination of these items is being conducted. There has been no activity on her phone, e-mail or bank accounts, but the sheriff's office confirmed someone claiming to be Bethany Decker is believed to have been using her Facebook page after she was reported missing and after a prolonged period of inactivity.

Bethany Decker's vehicle that was in her apartment building parking lot also has been secured along with her apartment was also searched. Forensic tests are being conducted on items found in those locations. DiBenedetto said there were no items identified as "out of the ordinary" for those locations.

Anyone who has any information about Decker, her whereabouts or the case is asked to contact Inv. Mack Halley at 703-777-0475. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

 

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