Update: Pregnant Teacher Missing in Maryland Found Dead, Boyfriend Arrested

September 08, 2017
By: Catherine Townsend

Photo by: CBS News (screenshot)

CBS News (screenshot)

DAMASCUS, MD — The body of Lauren Wallen, a pregnant Maryland teacher who disappeared on Sept. 3, was found in a shallow grave in Damascus on Wednesday. Authorities have since arrested her boyfriend in connection with her death.

Tyler Tessier, who was believed to be the father of Wallen’s unborn child, sat with the missing 31-year-old’s parents at a press conference on Monday, tearfully asking for anyone with information to come forward.

In what appeared to be an emotional moment, Tessier said:

“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.”

Police have since described Tessier’s behavior at the news event as a “calculated decision.”

Officers say they’d been looking at Tessier as a “person of interest” in the case early on. The couple last appeared together on grocery store surveillance video on September 2.

Tessier is also reported to have texted Wallen’s sister on September 4, claiming he was not the father of Lauren’s baby.

In addition, Tessier reportedly gave inconsistent answers under questioning, moved to three different residences in the past two weeks, and admitted to removing the front tag on Wallen’s car, as well as getting rid of her iPhone and driver’s license.

Tessier’s text request to a friend for a ride to an open field surrounded by woods in Damascus — in order to “clean up a mess” — prompted police to get a search warrant for the area. Once there, they dug up Wallen’s remains.


ORIGINAL STORY, (September 8, 2017):

COLUMBIA, MD — Police in Maryland are searching for a missing pregnant teacher who failed to show up for the first day of school, according to CBS Baltimore.

Authorities say that 31-year-old Laura Elizabeth Wallen, who is four months pregnant, last contacted family members by text message on Monday.

According to CBS News, police have yet to reveal the context of the text message, but indicated it was troubling enough to signal to the family that they needed to contact the authorities.

Friends and family say that the teacher was excited about her pregnancy and never gave signs that anything was wrong.

Wallen failed to show up for the first day of classes Tuesday at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, where she teaches history and law.

Students have described their teacher as a “favorite” to media, and have taken to social media to help find her using the hashtag #BringWallenHome.

Relatives are reportedly baffled by her disappearance, and by the fact that she left her dog behind.

Detectives described Wallen as having blonde hair and blue eyes, weighing around 200 pounds and standing 5-foot-5 inches tall.

Police are also searching for her black 2011 Ford Escape with Maryland license plate M522473.

The investigation continues.

Next Up

Ervis Mecollari Wanted For Allegedly Killing Elderly Woman, Stabbing Her 37 Times

Capt. Mike Ponzillo from the Waterbury Police told Callahan Walsh when he arrived, "One of the worst scenes of my career, Mrs. Orso was stabbed nearly 30 times... 37 times was the final number." Investigators said he has a history of drug use and may have had surgery on his nose due to excessive heroin use. If you know where Ervis Mecollari is hiding out, please call or text our hotline. Host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

US Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted On The Run After Allegedly Killing Attorney In Illinois

John Panaligan stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds when he vanished. Panaligan is a US Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted. He has close ties to Colorado, Illinois and Arizona. If you know where he's hiding out, please call our hotline. Host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Darryl Walker On the Run After Allegedly Murdering Cancer Survivor and Setting Her House On Fire

If you have any information on Darryl Walker please contact our hotline directly. You can always remain anonymous and you can text information 24/7: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Hunt Continues For Fugitive Who Murdered 18-Year-Old Na'Kia Crawford In Ohio

Investigators say Adarus Black has connections to Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and California. His arms are covered in tattoos. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call or text the IN PURSUIT hotline. John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Search Is On For FL Man Wanted For Questioning In Mysterious Death Of Laura Howard

Investigators said Robert Khuen aka Simon Storm uses a number of aliases including Alex Defrey, Alex Frost, Alex Debel and Simon Storm. According to authorities Storm likes to give new women he meets a bath. If you know where Storm is hiding, or what name he’s using today, please text our active hotline 24/7: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE) or email tips@teaminpursuit.com.

Father Murdered Over A Mercedes Three Days Before Christmas

Nalio Williams has been on the run since 2011. He has used the name Mark Peter Crompton previously and stands 6 feet 1 inches tall. If you have any information, host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous. Please call or text: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Texas Woman Wanted For Hiring A Hitman To Kill Husband

Margaret Lorrain Smith stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 185 pounds when she vanished. She has a mole on the right side of her hairline and a small mole under her right eye. She's currently on the Texas Department of Public Safety's Top 10 Most Wanted for capital murder. If you know where she's hiding out, please call our hotline. Host John Walsh guarantees you can remain anonymous: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Fugitive Erik Arceneaux Is Wanted For Murder Of Girlfriend In Houston, TX

Erik Arceneaux speaks English and Spanish and has close ties to Louisiana. If you know where he’s hiding, text our hotline 24/7: 833-78-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Fugitive Allegedly Kills Wife After Meeting Through Prison Pen Pal Program

The Phoenix Police created an age enhanced photo of what William "Bubba" Plemons may look like today. If you have any information on this ex-convict, career criminal, please contact our hotline directly. You can always remain anonymous and you can text information 24/7: 833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).