Missing Pregnant Md. Teacher Found Dead; Boyfriend Charged in Slaying

The 31-year-old high school teacher had been reported missing September 5 by her family after she didn't show up for the first day of class at her Columbia, Md. school.

Police also say that Tessier admitted to attempting to dispose of Wallen's cell phone, her driver's license, and the license plate on her auto, and that he told a friend to lie about picking him up at Wallen's residence if the police contacted her.

A family member said they last her from her when she sent a troubling text message on Sept.4.

Wallen - who was four months pregnant - vanished last week after she contacted relatives in a text message, authorities said.

"There's so many people, so people that miss you", he said Monday. We haven't eaten. We are just looking or praying that you are safe, ' Tessier said.

One recalled how Wallen would open wide her arms, wiggling them.

Tessier at the news conference asking for public help in locating Wallen, said she was "super excited" for the start of the school year and called her disappearance a "complete shock". Police now accuse him of burying her in a shallow grave after allegedly taking her to a remote field, a move that so troubled her she sent a text to a friend who advised her to take a photo of it.

Police say that Wallen's sister told them she had dated someone named Antoine about two years ago but hadn't interacted with him since.

A suspect was also arrested for her murder, police say.

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"The decision to allow him to participate in that news conference was a calculated decision made by the detectives in this case with the expressed objective of hearing what he had to say", Manger said. On Sept. 7, her vehicle was found parked five minutes away from the school she worked at.

Her sister told her to take a picture. 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.

The "Gathering of Hope" event scheduled for Wednesday evening has been canceled, the school system said.

Wallen's parents had offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Wallen's location, WJLA reported.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Wilde Lake High School teacher Ms. Laura Wallen was found deceased tonight by Montgomery County Police".

The cause of death is unknown, Manger said.

Although investigations are now under way regarding the possible motive behind the murder, speculations are doing rounds regarding Tessier's possible involvement with another woman, who was also interviewed by the police, Heavy.com reported. "Cadaver dogs indicated on the area" and ultimately detectives found the body of Laura Wallen "in a shallow grave", said Manger.

Manger said Tessier's appearance at the news conference was a "calculated decision" made by police and Wallen's family. The property owner has "no involvement" in the investigation, Manger said.

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