Missing Pregnant Teacher Found Dead; Suspect Arrested

Missing pregnant Maryland teacher found dead, suspect arrested

Missing pregnant Maryland teacher found dead, suspect arrested

She was living in the Maryland suburb of Olney and had taught social studies at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County since 2014.

Manger said Tessier's believed to have driven Wallen's auto to Columbia, and that Tessier admitted to disposing of the car's front tag, as well as Wallen's driver's license and iPhone.

Manger said Wallen texted her sister on September 2 and said she was with Tessier in a remote field, but wasn't sure why.

"Laura, if you're listening, it doesn't matter what's happened, doesn't matter what type of trouble - there's nothing we can't fix together, myself and your family", Tessier said at the press conference. The acquaintance refused to assist him. The field where she was found is adjacent to property belonging to a friend of Tessier's.

When Tessier spoke Monday at the news conference, in his appeal for Wallen, his voice occasionally broke as he said " We haven't slept, we haven't eaten, we're just looking, we're praying that you're safe.

The court documents go on to describe the elaborate steps Tessier allegedly took to cover up Wallen's death, including texting her sister from Wallen's phone, pretending to be her.

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Investigators are awaiting autopsy results as they work to piece together details of what led to the killing of a pregnant Maryland high school teacher found dead nine days after being reported missing.

The suspect, Tyler Tessier, also was believed to be the father of Wallen's unborn child, police said. Tessier had reportedly given inconsistent statements beforehand, and police wanted him to keep talking, so they had him address reporters at the presser.

The friend told Wallen to take a photo of the area, which she did. Footage of the press conference shows Wallen's parents sitting next to Tessier and even holding his hand and patting him on the back at certain points as he pleads for Wallen to come home.

"Laura is in the loving arms of God now", her father, Mark Wallen, told a News4 reporter via text message on Wednesday. Police officials said that Wallen's body was found after detectives executed a search warrant of the friend's farm.

In a parking lot across the street from Wilde Lake High School, where Wallen was named Teacher of the Year in 2016, students, parents, and school employees gathered Wednesday night to comfort each other and mourn Wallen's death. Police located the vehicle backed into a parking space after an employee of the complex found her driver's license in front of a dumpster. Police said the picture Wallen sent was of a large field with a tree line and that the photograph appears to be the same field where the clandestine grave was discovered.

Manger said Tessier's appearance at the news conference was a "calculated decision" made by police and Wallen's family. The family offered a reward for information leading to her return. The owner of the property was not involved with Wallen's disappearance, detectives say.

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