Missing pregnant teacher found dead and suspect arrested, police say

Police in Maryland found the body of missing teacher Laura Wallen in a shallow grave Wednesday in Damascus and hours later charged her boyfriend in her killing.,

The suspect, Tyler Tessier, also was believed to be the father of Wallen’s unborn child, police said. She was four months pregnant.

Wallen, 31, of Olney, was a social studies teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County, where she taught since 2014.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger is expected to release additional information at an 8 p.m. news conference. Police said the arrest was made around 5:30 p.m.

Wallen’s father, Mark Wallen, passionately pleaded Monday for the public to help him find his daughter, offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who provided information that would lead to her safe return.

“She is still alive somewhere,” Mark Wallen said Monday.

On Sept. 7, police found Laura Wallen’s car, unoccupied and parked in an apartment complex in the 10600 block of Gramercy Place in Columbia, a five-minute drive from the school.

Tessier also spoke at a news conference on Monday, appealing directly to Wallen to come home.

“Laura, if you’re listening, it doesn’t matter what’s happened. It doesn’t matter what type of trouble. There’s nothing we can’t fix together,” Tessier said, “ … we haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten, we’re just looking, we’re praying that you’re safe. I’m asking you to just let us know that you’re safe. If somebody has her, please understand that you’ve taken away a huge person in so many people’s lives.”

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