Missing Pregnant Teacher Found Dead

Family and friends are coming together Wednesday night to bring home a pregnant high school teacher who has been missing for over a week

Police in Maryland say a pregnant teacher who was missing for more than a week has been found dead.

Laura Wallen, of Olney, was missing for over a week after she last contacted her family by text message on Labor Day.

"If somebody has her, please understand that you've taken away a huge person in so many people's life", Wallen's boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, said on Monday.

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.

Authorities say she didn't show up for the first day of school on September 5.

Laura Wallen, a 31-year-old who was four month pregnant, went missing September 4.

Wallen was a teacher at a high school in neighboring Howard County.

Laura Wallen, who was 4 months pregnant, was pronounced dead Wednesday.

"I wanted to let Laura know that we are out there looking for her and we are not giving up on her", said Laura's father, Mark Wallen. "Her students just adored her as do we and we just want her back". "There's nothing we can't fix together", Tessier said, ". we haven't slept, we haven't eaten, we're just looking, we're praying that you're safe.

"There's so many people, so people that miss you", he said Monday.

A suspect was also arrested for her murder, police say. They would only refer to this case as suspicious. Police had already identified him as a person of interest in the case.

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