(Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group video) Mark and Gwen Wallen make a statement on behalf of their family at Maryland District Court on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
(Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)State's Attorney John Mc Carthy gives a statement after the bond review hearing for Tyler Tessier, who is charged with first-degree murder of Laura Wallen in Rockville at Maryland District Court on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Now Wallen is dead, her body discovered Wednesday in a shallow grave in a secluded field in Damascus.
She was shot in the back of the head, according to autopsy findings released Thursday night.
Tyler Tessier, the boyfriend of Wilde Lake High School teacher Laura Wallen, spoke at the Montgomery County Police Department's press conference Monday about her disappearance.
Laura Wallen was excited that she was becoming a mother.
“He is a monster and he is a liar.”After Wallen’s disappearance, police say, Tessier made several trips last week to a friend’s farm on Prices Distillery Road in Damascus.
Police say he would sometimes stay at the property, which has open fields and woods. 2, police say, Wallen texted her sister from the property.“Tyler has me on an adventure in the country,” she wrote, according to police.
Students and their families gathered at Murray Hill Middle School Thursday evening for a vigil for Wallen.
(Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)Tyler Tessier, the boyfriend of Wilde Lake High School teacher Laura Wallen, spoke at the Montgomery County Police Department's press conference Monday about her disappearance.
Police announced Wednesday Tessier's arrest in Wallen's death.
On the night police believe Tessier killed Wallen, he texted an acquaintance to ask for a ride to Baltimore, police say.
He said he needed help to "clean up a mess.”Tessier participated with Wallen’s family in a news conference organized by Montgomery County Police Monday to discuss her disappearance and offer a reward for information. Choking up, he made a direct appeal to Wallen, asking her to “let us know you’re safe.”“Laura, if you’re listening, it doesn’t matter what’s happened,” he said. There’s nothing we can’t fix together.”Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said Tessier was a person of interest at the time.“The decision to allow him to participate in that news conference was a calculated decision made by detectives in this case, with the expressed purpose of seeing what he had to say,” Manger said.