Police Search For Missing Pregnant College Student

COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — A pregnant college student disappears in Howard County. Now police are desperate for clues. WJZ has learned authorities are preparing to interview the woman’s husband.

Jessica Kartalija has the latest on the case.

“I never imagined that today I’d be here in front of all these people, reaching out and saying, ‘Does anyone know where my daughter is?’” said Kimberly Nelson.

Kimberly Nelson’s daughter Bethany Decker, 21, is a senior at George Mason University and is about 5 months pregnant. She hasn’t been seen since Jan. 29. That’s when she was in Columbia, Md. visiting her grandparents, Evelyn and Earl Bales, with her Army husband Emile Decker, 21.

Emile was home from Afghanistan for just a few weeks.The couple had flown to Hawaii to see family and then stayed with Bethany’s grandparents.

The family was asked not to discuss the details of that visit, but when it came time for Emile to fly back to Afghanistan on Feb. 2, Bethany was not there.

“That was a bit unusual,” said Nelson.

For three weeks, the family did not hear from Bethany, even though her mother takes care of the couple’s 17-month-old son.

“She wasn’t necessarily in contact with me everyday but certainly with her siblings or via Facebook; it’s a wonderful way to keep in touch. We could see what was going on. School was starting and other things were going on too so I could understand she would be busy with getting into a new routine,” Nelson said.

It wasn’t until Feb., 19 when the Bales’ decided to stop by Bethany’s apartment when they saw her car was still there, that they realized she was missing and filed a report.

“We just had a feeling. We were concerned and we filed a report,” said Bethany’s grandmother.

Bethany Decker is also a waitress, but investigators declined to say where she works.

Investigators say Bethany’s husband Emile Decker is neither a suspect nor a person of interest. Because he is stationed in Afghanistan, he will be interviewed via web cam.

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  • oscar arvelo

    I suspect someone other than the husband was playing “Hide the salami” with the Mrs prior to his arriving home.

    • Bullfrog

      Why don’t you ass’s stop with the crude. rude remarks and try to remember a pregnant woman is MISSING!

    • JJ Smith

      According to the Washington Post, that is exactly what happened.

  • Amy

    This is all just being reported on March 3rd??
    Her parents are just looking for her now??
    And has the husband been talked to?
    MANY unanswered questions here.

  • Billiam

    Hey Oscar – why don’t you share that brilliant deduction with the Howard County authorities. I’m sure they would love to talk to you about it. Idiot.

  • oscar arvelo

    Billiam, Such an angry man you are . What’s wrong Bud, run out of beer, boys & dope?

  • Mel

    Oscar – you are a moron. And you prove it by every comment you make.

    • Billiam

      Thanks Mel – for a minute there, I thought I had lost my senses.

      • Mike

        Ah Yes Hide the Salami sounds about right

  • A

    As usual- this website has provided a lousy, disjointed, incomplete article. Whoever monitors and updates this site should be ashamed. The “articles” are usually like this and it really is a shame. I’m a longtime fan of WJZ, but I’m done now.

  • SMH

    So, the way I gather this story is being told is:
    They visited their parents in late january and it is now being discovered 3 weeks later they are missing.

    Hmmm…. There were 4 weeks in February and we are almost through the first week of march. Is this just being reported…..I do not get it? Am I a moron?

  • D
  • whatnow

    The journalism on this site has really gone downhill since it was switched to a national site. Also, the quality of people commenting has also gone downhill. I guess the intelligent people that it used to be fun to debate moved to Channel 11’s site. Bernard and Oscar – you both are perfect examples of why abortion should be legal. And the black racism on here is stomach turning.

    • oscar arvelo

      Whatnow, Ohhhh, poor girl. Don’t wanna play in the reality sand box of life? Just wanna play Let’s pretend & it ‘s never going to happen to me. Take your smelly tookas & go national, better yet go to the moon you dimwit.

      • whatnow

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA – you are so far removed from reality, you don’t even realize it. How is calling someone smelly and a dimwit an intelligent argument. I want to have intelligent conversations but you wouldn’t know what that is. You are to busy insulting people. So here is some of your own medicine. Are you here legally. Why don’t you go eat a smelly buritto so you will smell better. And hey, wash your greasy hair. How’s that. Anyone can do that. That’s insane. I want intelligent debate, not insanity. We have enough of that in DC.

      • Bullfrog

        Oscar, I heard recently that Spring Grove Hospital is still open, maybe you should check in for a month or two. Hopefully they can give you some meds to help you think clearly and then you can go to night school for your spelling. ASS!

  • T

    This article lacks sustenance. Why can’t the family discuss the details of the visit to Hawaii? Is there something they are hiding? Think about it. My suspicions are, she wasn’t pregnant by the husband, she has another “love interest” and hubby came home and found this out.

    The husband is away fighting for us an our country and she’s thanking him by getting pregnant by someone else. The article doesn’t state this (and why would it because they censor what we see and read) but most people have common sense.

  • MAF

    There are red flags with this family. How could 3 weeks go by before the family realize that she is missing and then file a report. Something weird with this family. They did not look upset at all. I am sorry, but this missing mom is missing and she has a 17 months old being cared by her mom. If you are a parent, you call and check in on the welfare of your child especially if a family member is caring for your child.

    • Tm

      Yes I so agree with you how can you not call and check on your child every day! Why are we just hearing this on the news ! It just smells fishie

  • Tm

    Wow !! None of this makes sense to me ! Too many unanswerd questions and exspecially because she is pregnant! I am very concern for her and I will be praying for her safe return! There are far too many of thses stories all across the world so sad!!

  • rachel

    Wow, is all I can say. A girl is missing. If that was your family wouldn’t it be hard to deal with? It’s a shame immature people feel the need to put rude comments and bicker back in forth with one another. Grow up! You tough guys have so much talk thru chat. exchange numbers and deal with it that way.

  • Billiam

    Hopefully the authorities will be able to get to the bottom of this. I’m not a police officer, detective or anything else remotely close, but maybe they are just being careful with the information they are releasing. Whatever the outcome, you can only hope the girl is alive; let the authorities and the legal system to do what they have to do to find out what really happened. We can speculate all we want, but in the end, we don’t really know what happened yet. As far as making stupid, ignorant comments about this story – you can’t change humanity with just one post – each person should do his or her best to just post intelligent thoughts, not mindless accusations about things he or she knows nothing about, and please, don’t come on here screaming and yelling about things that have no relevance here.

    • Willie man hanging

      Billiam, You could help a great deal by shutting your pie hole.

  • Maxi

    doesn’t sound like a close family just looking for her maybe she disappear often

  • delores perry

    some of you should be ashame of yourself a person is missing god bless her family and i hope they find her

  • rose cupelli

    Can anyone tell me where the story is about my friend who is in the hospital after being beat leaving her job at Macys at Marley Station Mall?

    • pigeon

      Yes ma’am – goback to main page, click the “more” button at the bottom of the list, do the same thing for the next page – you should find it on the 3rd page. It starts out “Woman, 61, Beaten..” Hope you find it – it is there. I have her and her loved ones in my prayers.

      • sheriff willie

        They caught the Coon that did this. He was wanted for other violations as well. Baltimore’s finest stepping out & showing their colors.

    • Mary Baldwin-Lathroum

      It wasin theSun paper, Md gazette, and aaco police beat. But no one has reported on her progress. hope she id doing better!

    • Robin L. Brodkin

      Have you reported it to the police and/or the reporters of several news stations, ABC channel 2, NBC channel 11, and this one. Not by commenting to another story, but by going to the main part of the site and contacting the reporters. You should try that instead.

  • pigeon

    Even tho I am sure there’s a lot more to this story not being reported for unknown reason, my prayers go out for this young lady’s family. Hopefully, she and the unborn child will be located and unharmed.

  • michellefrommadison

    Why waste the time and money to search for her?

  • nosey neighbor

    Pregnant army wife vanishes; Rpt: boyfriend’s home just searched

    Urgent now: 21-year-old missing pregnant army wife has a boyfriend & his home was just searched by police, according to a new report from the Washington Post! The mystery boyfriend is also reportedly the father of missing pregnant army wife’s unborn baby! Where is 5-mo. pregnant Bethany Decker?

  • ha

    Huim, they just thought it was strange that she diidn’t go to the airport to see her husband off, HELLO thats a liittle bit more then strange, MOM. Either hubby or bf can solve this story. What I will never understand is once she didnt show up at the airport and didnt answer the phone I would have been on the search that same night. Maybe she is the type to disappear for few days but that is why they have cell phones. I’m 40 something (forgot 40 what) and if my mom does not hear from me daily she call the entire famly “have you see M today?”

  • michellefrommadison

    Reports are that she is going to have a kid made possible ffrom her boyfriend. She’s freaking married to this other guy in the military. I used to wish her well and a safe return home. Now, I hope she reaps what she has sown and her husband divorces her whorish-butt. :(

  • Jim Tanner

    Let us take a look at Bethany’s mom. Remember she is not the one who became that concerned, it was the grandparents.How many of you would not check up on your child at least once a day let alone three weeks. Bethany lived @ 25 miles from mom, probably a little over half an hour drive to do once a week on her day off. I’m sorry she was in bed with someone. Bethany’s mom tells the police the marriage was fine and she was suprised when Bethany was not at the airport to see her husband off. And yet it would seem totally likely she knew they were seperated because the police are told by the family that Bethany’s boyfriend was abusive and controlling. And I know people act differently to stress, but she does not give me the impression by watching her on TV that there is a sense of urgency about her daughter missing.

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