Pregnant Maryland teacher found dead in shallow grave, boyfriend charged with murder

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		Lauren Wallen			Montgomery County Police Department via AP

About ten days after a teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, went missing, her body was found Wednesday in a shallow grave in a secluded field in Damascus. The SUV wasn't far from Wilde Lake High School, where Wallen teaches in the Social Studies department.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said at a news conference Wednesday night that the decision to allow Tessier to speak out was "a calculated decision" by detectives to see what he might say and was done with the agreement of Wallen's family.

Police say that Tessier drove Wallen's auto to the apartment complex in Columbia, where the vehicle was later located.

According to the Washington Post, Wallen's sister had received a number of odd texts from her sister on September 4, which the police believe were sent by Tessier after he allegedly killed Wallen.

Police said she then texted a friend that Tessier had taken her to a field near Damascus, Md., and she wasn't sure why he did. "If he tries to call you, please tell him he's a great guy because I know I really hurt his feelings".

Tessier had participated with Wallen's family in a news conference Monday about her disappearance. Surveillance video showed the two together on Saturday, Sept. 2, at a grocery store near Wallen's home. Instead, police said, Tessier sent the text himself, WRC reported.

The suspect, Tyler Tessier, also was believed to be the father of Wallen's unborn child, police 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, myself and your family", Tessier, said through tears during a news conference.

Bond review today at 1:00 pm in Rockville District Court for Tyler Tessier, charged with first-degree murder of Laura Wallen. The picture was later used to find the location of her body. "I pray that she's safe and that she comes back".

During the search, police said, investigators found tire tracks and freshly dug ground on a nearby property. He also told police that he got rid of the front license plate, along with Wallen's driver's license and iPhone.

However, the acquaintance declined, Manger said.

Tyler Tessier was ordered held without bond Thursday after being charged with killing his girlfriend, a pregnant Howard County high school teacher who vanished last week. "It's nothing", Tessier said Monday, when he accompanied the family to an event where the Wallens offered a reward for information on her whereabouts.

"The decision to allow him to participate in that news conference was a calculated decision made by the detectives in this case for the express objective of hearing what he had to say". The property owner has "no involvement" in the investigation, Manger said.

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