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Tyler Tessier Indicted for Murder of Laura Wallen



Tyler Tessier has been indicted in Montgomery County Circuit Court for the murder of Laura Wallen.

Tessier is the former boyfriend of Wallen, the Howard County teacher and Olney resident who went missing in September and whose body was found partially buried in a field in Damascus.

Tyler Tessier, 32, a resident of Damascus, was indicted on one count of murder in the death of Laura Wallen in front of Judge Cheryl A. McCally in Circuit Court in Rockville on Thursday. He is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg.

The State’s Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference at 10:00 am on Friday. Germantown Pulse plans to livestream the press conference on Facebook.

Wallen had been missing for nine days back in early September until her body was found in a field in Damascus and her boyfriend was arrested and charged with her murder on Sept. 14.

According to Montgomery County Police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Wallen was shot in the back of the head. Wallen believed to be four-months pregnant with Tessier’s child.


According to the charging documents, in this case, Wallen’s sister Jennifer Kadi received texts from Wallen’s iPhone on the morning of Monday, Sept. 4. The messages were the last received from Wallen’s iPhone. The content of the messages was about Wallen believing that Tessier was not the father of the baby.

Police believe that the texts received on Monday were sent by Tessier after he had killed Wallen the day before. Police believe the texts were meant to suggest that the unborn baby was an old boyfriend of Wallen’s named “Antoine.” A person that detectives determined Wallen had not seen in two years and who currently lives in Massachusetts.

The texts read;

“I am like 95 percent sure Tyler is not the father.”

“I’m probably going to lose my job over this.” This text was supposed to refer to Wallen’s job as a high school teacher in Howard County.

“I am going to try and get a hold of Antwan.”

“Tyler is never going to forgive me,” wrote Tessier in the text pretending to be his dead girlfriend, “If he tries to call you, please tell him he’s a great guy because I know I really hurt his feelings.”


Detectives believe that due to the close relationship which Wallen and her sister shared, such information would not have been conveyed via text, but in person. Kadi also told police that she had seen Antoine’s name in Wallen’s iPhone listed spelled Antoine, and Laura would not have misspelled his name.

Despite attempts to deny having any other romantic relationships during interviews with detectives, the charging documents state that “Tessier later admitted to that he is engaged to a woman named Christina Wagoner.” Police say both Wallen and Wagoner knew about each other, but both women believed that Tessier was dating them exclusively.<