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Missing Teacher Found in Shallow Grave in Damascus, Boyfriend Charged With Murder

The body of Laura Elizabeth Wallen, the missing woman from Olney, has been found in a shallow grave on a property off Price’s Distillery Road in Damascus. Montgomery County Police have arrested Tyler Tessier, the deceased woman’s boyfriend and charged him with her murder, according to Police Chief Thomas Manger.

The announcement came at a press conference held Wednesday evening at Police Headquarters in Gaithersburg. Manger said, “Today around noon detectives and members of the MCPD search and rescue team were searching a wooded area near Prices Distillery Road. They located a patch of freshly dug ground in a secluded area of a field. Cadaver dogs indicated on the area, and ultimately detectives found the body of Laura Wallace in a shallow grave.”

Wallen was a 31-year-old teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County. She was reported missing to police by her family after they received a “troubling” text message from her on Monday, Sept. 4. Family and friends grew even more concerned when Wallen, who was reportedly four-months pregnant, didn’t show up for work on the first day of school the next morning.

Chief Manger said the course of the investigation led detectives to the property in Damascus and today a search team with a warrant showed up at the Price’s Distillery Road location to search the location.

“The break, in this case, came when it was determined that Tessier made several trips to an acquaintance’s property on Price’s Distillery Road in Damascus,” said Manger. “Investigators showed up there today with a search warrant for the property which was a dwelling along with open fields and woods. During the search, the team observed tire tracks on a nearby property. They observed freshly dug ground on the (nearby) property, which was some distance from the property they were originally searching. Detectives spoke to the owner of the property where the ground had been disturbed, and we were able to recover the victim’s body.”

Manger said the property owner where the body was found has no involvement in the case.

According to Manger, investigators determined that Tessier was the last person known to have seen Wallen. “They were seen together on surveillance video on Sat. Sept. 2 in a grocery store near the victim’s home. It suspected by investigators that she was killed the next day.”

Manger said that the troubling text which first led family members to be concerned