Missing Pregnant Teacher Found Dead

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

Police said that Tyler Tessier, Wallen's boyfriend and believed to be the father of Wallen's unborn child, was arrested for her murder around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Laura Wallen, 31, last contacted her family on September 4 via text message.

Police in Maryland say a pregnant teacher who was missing for more than a week has been found dead.

Investigators are not saying what they found inside of Wallen's condo or in her vehicle.

Wallen's family and friends became alarmed last week when she didn't show up for the first day of classes at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

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Police Chief Thomas Manger will hold a news conference late Wednesday. Police have not released the contents of the text message she sent.

She didn't show up for the first day of school on September 5. She did not request a substitute teacher for that first day, which anxious her family, her father Mark Wallen said Monday.

"Laura, if you are listening, it doesn't matter what's happened, it doesn't matter what type of trouble, there is nothing we can't fix together - myself and your family", Tessier said, according to Fox 5 DC. "I pray that she's safe and that she comes back". Police would not go into detail what the text message said, but it was described as troubling.

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