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Missing Pregnant Teacher Found Dead In Shallow Grave, Boyfriend Arrested

Missing Pregnant Teacher Found Dead In Shallow Grave, Boyfriend Arrested

A pregnant Maryland high school teacher who has been missing for more than a week has been found dead in a shallow grave, and her boyfriend is charged with her murder, Montgomery County police announced Wednesday night.

Police found Wallen's truck abandoned in an apartment complex off of Gramercy Place near Columbia Mall last Thursday.

Wallen's family had said they received a "troubling" text message from her about an hour later but attempts to reach her failed.

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

"It was done with the approval and knowledge of the victim's family", Manger said, confirming that Wallen's family knew Tessier was a person of interest in the case.

"It's unreal. It's like one of them bad Lifetime movies that you just like yeah I know what's going to happen in the next 5 minutes of the movie, like it's not real", one speaker said. The acquaintance declined to assist him.

"In the text, she sent a text message... saying that Tyler had taken her to an open field in the Damascus area, and she says I am not sure why we're up here, but he's taken me to the middle of nowhere".

Tessier had participated with Wallen's family in a news conference Monday about her disappearance.

He alleged that Tessier admitted to removing the front tag from Wallen's vehicle and disposing of it. "Tessier also texted an acquaintance asking for a ride to Baltimore late Sunday night, and said he needed help cleaning up a mess".




Police said they were aware of inconsistencies in what Tessier had told officers and, questioned by them on Wednesday, admitted to certain aspects of the case. Police say Tessier made several visits to the area where Wallen's body was found.

Manger said that police determined those texts had been sent by Tessier. He is charged with first-degree murdering, altering physical evidence and making a false statement to police.

The cause of death is unknown, Manger said.

Students and parents at Wilde Lake expressed shock and grief over the slaying of a teacher who daily greeted her students by opening her arms and wiggling them.

Wallen's father, Mark Wallen, 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.

Her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, had stood with her parents Monday at a news conference and made a soulful plea for her safe return. He said the woman living with Tessier had been interviewed, but did not elaborate on what she said.

Manger said it will be up to prosecutors whether to charge Tessier with the death of Wallen's unborn child.

Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, extended his sympathy to Wallen's family.

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