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Investigators to speak with missing Va. woman's husband

Thursday - 3/3/2011, 1:24pm  ET

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Bethany Decker, 21, was last seen at her Ashburn apartment Jan. 29.
ASHBURN, Va. - Loudoun County Sheriff's investigators say they will be speaking with the military husband of a pregnant woman missing for more than a month.

Bethany Decker's husband Emile is a soldier stationed in Afghanistan, and investigators will be interviewing him via webcam. They say he's the only person who reported seeing the 21-year-old woman since the couple left a family gathering.

Bethany was last seen at her Ashburn apartment Jan. 29, and her car was found in her parking lot. Family members were surprised that Bethany did not see her husband leave for an Army deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 2, shortly after the couple returned from a vacation in Hawaii.

After her family failed in attempts to contact Bethany, they reported her missing on Feb. 19.

Family members say they believe Emile when he says he is shocked his wife has disappeared. Privately, investigators don't have the same reaction, and want to hear from the husband about the relationship.

Authorities also are going through Bethany's computer and reviewing cell phone records. They want to hear from friends or acquaintances to learn if the couple's marriage was facing stresses other than distance during a pregnancy.

Investigators say they're not sure when the webcam interview will take place.

Bethany Decker is described as white, about 4 feet, 11 inches tall, about 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.

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

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