Laura Wallen, a pregnant Wilde Lake High School teacher, was reported missing on September 5, after she did not report to school on the first day of classes.
An investigation led Montgomery County Police to Wallen’s body Wednesday, buried in a shallow grave on Prices Distillery Road in Damascus. Wallen’s body was transported to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.
Evidence shows Wallen’s boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, was the last known person to be with her, before she went missing. Surveillance video footage from a grocery store showed Tessier and Wallen together on September 2. Police believe Tessier killed Wallen the following day.
Test messages sent from Wallen’s phone to her sister on Monday were believed to have been sent by Tessier.
The suspect admitted to driving to the Columbia area, where he disposed of the victim’s car, license, phone and license plate.