Missing pregnant Maryland teacher found dead, suspect arrested

Maryland authorities said Laura Elizabeth Wallen 31 was found dead Wednesday after being missing for more than week

Police in Maryland say the boyfriend of a missing high school teacher has been charged with her murder, after the 31-year-old's body was discovered in a shallow grave Wednesday. In the days leading up to the discovery of Wallen's body, Tessier stood by Wallen's family as the distraught boyfriend and appeared in a press conference on Monday claiming he knew nothing about his girlfriend's whereabouts, reports said.

Wallen's boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with murder in her death. Police determined that the messages were likely sent by Tessier from Waller's phone. She was also about four months pregnant with Tessier's child.

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

Wallen's father had said he became certain something was awry when he called Wilde Lake High School on Tuesday morning to check if his daughter had arrived and was told she had not.

Wallen encouraged Moore to pursue her goal of becoming a Navy pilot, even when the student doubted she could do it. "We just want to know that she's ok, we just want her back". "Please keep Ms. Wallen's family in your thoughts".

From the start, Wallen's friends and family had been concerned about her disappearance because they said she was excited about the school year starting and didn't seem like a person who would take off on her own. Detectives located an acquaintance who said Tessier had asked her to give him a ride from the apartment complex, and asked the friend to lie if police asked her about picking him up from Columbia, police said.

Tessier sat next to Wallen's mother and father.

"(Tessier) was not honest with either woman", Montgomery State's Attorney John McCarthy said Thursday, according to the Post. "I know many of you are grieving with Laura's family tonight". Police said that he admitted to getting rid of the front license plate, her driver's license and her iPhone.

The police chief said that Tessier provided information to detectives that "led them to suspect his involvement in this case", and they allege he drove victim's auto to the Columbia area. Police obtained a search warrant and went to the area Wednesday.

Wallen's sister had previously said she received a "troubling" text message from Wallen on Monday, Sept. 4, but attempts to reach her failed.

But police had a feeling that Tessier's story during the news conference wasn't the truth.

"I'm probably going to lose my job over this", said another.

Wallen, who was four months pregnant, was last heard from on September 3, when she sent a text message to her family, which police described as "troubling".

"I just pray that she's safe", Tessier said apparently with tears in his eyes. "There's so many people that were out looking".

But police now believe he killed Wallan and buried her in a shallow grave near Damascus, Maryland.

Manger said Wallen had texted her friend that Saturday night. The social studies teacher then texted her sister a photo of a large field. "She led with her heart". He said the two had gone to doctor appointments together and that she was happy about the pregnancy.

"Really, where are you?"

Laura Wallen replied, according to police, "I'm waiting in a field".

Police said a review of surveillance video showed the couple as they made a purchase together.