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Details of missing pregnant woman emerge on due date

Friday - 8/5/2011, 11:42am  ET

Bethany Decker (Courtesy of Loudoun Co. Sheriff)
Bethany Decker is seen in her final trimester of pregnancy with her first child. (Courtesy of Loudoun Co. Sheriff)
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Neal Augenstein, wtop.com

ASHBURN, Va. -- On the weekend that Bethany Decker was due to give birth, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is providing new details and pictures of the woman who's been missing since January, and her family is holding out hope she's alive.

"It's as if she dematerialized one day," family spokesman Peter Byrnes tells WTOP.

Investigators released a photo of a unique tattoo Decker has on her left leg just above her ankle.

Detectives are questioning Decker's friends and coworkers at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Centreville.

Sources tell WTOP Carrabba's is where Decker met her boyfriend, Ronald Roldan. Investigators searched Roldan's mother's home, with a search warrant.

According to a written statement, investigators want to speak with "anyone who knew Bethany, or has information regarding anyone she was involved in a relationship with."

Decker had described her boyfriend's demeanor to family and friends as "controlling and abusive," according to investigators in court documents.

In initial meetings with reporters, Decker's family and investigators did not acknowledge she was dating Roldan, despite being married to Emile Decker, who was serving in Afghanistan.

Byrnes says Decker's family was aware she was dating. It's unclear who fathered Decker's child.

"I know that they were not delighted with it," Byrnes says.

"If Bethany is out there and hearing this, all you need to do is call your family or the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department and say, 'Hi, it's Bethany, and I'm OK.' She doesn't even have to tell us where she is. We just want to know that she's fine."

Investigators and family members say there has been no indication of foul play, activity on her bank accounts, cell phones or email, so they continue to believe she may be alive.

"We're holding out hope that Bethany is just fine, and has gone to ground somewhere and is safe," says Byrnes.

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