Update, 8:55 p.m.: Tyler Tessier, the boyfriend of missing Maryland teacher Laura Wallen has been arrested according to a press conference by Montgomery County, Maryland Police. Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger spoke about the information they are releasing to the public.
“Tyler Tessier was charged with murdering Laura Wallen, a social studies teacher at Wilde Lake High after her body was discovered in a shallow grave in the woods of Damascus, Montgomery County.”
Laura Wallen and Tyler Tessier were last seen together on September 2nd near a local grocery store. They now believe that Tessier killed her the next day and that he is the one who sent the September 4th text message to members of the Wallen family.
According to the Washington Post, despite the fact that Laura Wallen was four months pregnant with his baby, Tyler Tessier was living with another woman. On Monday, Tyler Tessier spoke out with a message for Laura to please contact him or her family no matter what. Police spokesman Thomas Manger said it was a calculated decision to let Tessier speak with the hope that they would catch him in a lie.
The Montgomery Couty Police say that it was Tyler Tessier who dumped Laura Wallen’s car near the high school where she taught. At this time, there are no obvious markings on the body of Laura Wallen to indicate a cause of death.
Missing Maryland high school teacher Laura Wallen has been found dead after she disappeared last week before the first day of school. Police say they have a suspect in custody for the death of the pregnant 31-year-old Wilde Lake High School teacher. On Monday, Wallen’s parents and her boyfriend held a press conference and offered a $25k reward for information on Wallen’s whereabouts.
Montgomery County, Maryland Police will be holding a press conference at 8 p.m. to share additional information about where Laura Wallen’s body was located and perhaps announce the name of the suspect now in custody.
At Monday’s press conference, Lt. Sean Gagen of the Montgomery County Police said that they had located Wallen’s SUV at an apartment complex in Howard County, Maryland, not far from the school where she taught.
“Over the weekend, police confirmed they found the 2011 black Ford Escape, with Maryland license plate M522473, belonging to the social studies teacher in an apartment complex in the 10600 block of Gramercy Place near the Mall in Columbia.”
Over the weekend, Laura Wallen’s current students and former students handed out flyers in an effort to bring their favorite teacher home. Many said that they felt compelled to do something.
“Waiting on the news and the media to tell us something isn’t enough.”
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