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Mar032011

Soldier Questioned after Pregnant Wife Disappears

Photo Courtesy - Loudoun County | Facebook(LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.) -- Police in Virginia have questioned a U.S. soldier stationed in Afghanistan about the mysterious disappearance of his pregnant wife just days after the soldier returned to the battlefield.

"We've been in contact with him," said Vincent DiBenedetto, spokesman for the Loudoun Sheriff's Office in Virginia. He said investigators had reached the young woman's husband, Pvt. Emile Decker, by phone.

"We're in constant contact with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division," he said.

Cops, for now, are treating Bethany Decker's disappearance as a missing person case and not a crime. They are not identifying anyone as a suspect in an effort to encourage the public to keep looking for the missing college student and mother of one.

"We contacted Emile because he's her husband and was with her in late January," said DiBenedetto. "It's premature to identify a suspect. Anyone who spoke to her in the last month, we consider a person of interest."

Bethany Decker, 21, is five months pregnant and the mother of a 17-month-old son. A student at George Mason University, she was last seen Jan. 29 when her husband was still home on leave.

She has not used her credit cards or accessed Internet accounts since that day, said DiBenedetto.

After not hearing from Bethany for days, her grandparents called police on Feb. 19 after stopping by her apartment and finding her car parked in the lot, but no sign of the young mother.

While in school, Bethany Decker often left her son with her mother Kim Nelson. The infant had been  staying with his grandmother since late January.

Nelson told reporters that it was not uncommon for Bethany to go a few days without calling her because she was studying.

She said Bethany typically saw Emile off before a deployment, and did not know why she did not accompany him to the airport in February.

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