Boyfriend charged with murder after body of missing pregnant teacher found

Boyfriend charged with murder after body of missing pregnant teacher found

Boyfriend charged with murder after body of missing pregnant teacher found

Police arrested Wallen's boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, just days after he made a seemingly authentic plea for her safety.

Police said that it will be up to prosecutors to determine whether to file additional charges related to the unborn child.

The cause of death is not yet known pending the results of an autopsy, police said.

Assistant Public Defender Victoria Kawecki argued that Tessier should be released because he has no prior criminal history and has lived the majority of his life in Maryland.

Police in Maryland say a pregnant teacher who was missing for more than a week has been found dead. "She was one of our teachers of the year". Manger said that Wallen was last seen that night, when surveillance video at a local Safeway supermarket recorded her in the store with Tessier. He said she was an "outstanding teacher" and said the school community was in shock.

Police revealed that Wallen had sent a now ominous text message to a friend on the Saturday, September 2 that she disappeared.

Investigators determined that Tessier had sent those messages, which he allegedly acknowledged during questioning, Manger said.

Manger said that Tessier allegedly drove his girlfriend's auto to the Columbia area and admitted to disposing of her front tag, her driver's license and her iPhone.

Despite being Wallen's boyfriend, police discovered that Tessier was also living with another woman.

But police had a feeling that Tessier's story during the news conference wasn't the truth. But the acquaintance declined to assist, Manger said.

Tessier had made several trips to a friend's property on Prices Distillery Road in Damascus, where he would sometimes stay. Police obtained a search warrant and went to the area Wednesday. Detectives were curious what he would say and how he would say it, according to Manger, who said the family was aware of that decision. In the days leading up to the discovery of Wallen's body, Tessier stood by Wallen's family as the distraught boyfriend and appeared in a press conference on Monday claiming he knew nothing about his girlfriend's whereabouts, reports said.

Police plan to give an update at 8 p.m. The property owner has "no involvement" in the investigation, Manger said.

One recalled how Wallen would open wide her arms, wiggling them.

Her sister told her to take a picture. At this time, Manger said, he is the only suspect. "Just a senseless killing".

Tessier's family could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Wallen, 31, of Olney, was a social studies teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County, where she taught since 2014. "If he tries to call you, please tell him he's a great guy because I know I really hurt his feelings".

A GoFundMe page for the Wallen family was started Wednesday with a goal of raising $10,000 for the family and funeral costs.

Baltimore Sun reporter Carrie Wells contributed to this article.

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