Maryland Police Arrest Man In Murder Of His Missing Pregnant Girlfriend

Missing pregnant Maryland teacher found dead, suspect arrested

Online court records don't list a lawyer for Tessier, who is being held without bail.

Police have not discharged a reason for death.

"He is a monster".

He refused to believe something grim has befallen her. Police claim Tyler Tessier is who was using Wallen's phone. The photo sent by Wallen showed the same field where her body was located, police said. We haven't eaten. We are just looking or praying that you are safe, ' Tessier said.

"She is a woman of faith, and she is in the arms of God", he said.

Wallen's family and friends became alarmed last week when she didn't show up for the first day of classes at the high school where she taught.

"If somebody has her, please understand you've taken away a huge, a huge person that's in so many lives", he said at the news conference, emphasizing that there wasn't anything odd in her behavior before she disappeared.

Between when Wallen was reported missing and the time of the press conference, detectives say they interviewed Tessier multiple times.

Police found Wallen's truck abandoned in an apartment complex off of Gramercy Place near Columbia Mall last Thursday.

On Aug. 28, about a week before Wallen disappeared, she sent a text to the fiancee, stating: "It's important that some things are cleared up and I would imagine that if you were in my position, you'd want some answers as well".

Tyler Tessier was ordered held without bond Thursday after being charged with killing his girlfriend, a pregnant Howard County high school teacher who vanished last week. Police now say that Wallen may have been killed on September 3.

Wallen's body was found in a wooded area in Damascus, Md.in a shallow grave. Montgomery Police Chief Tom Manger said her body was discovered around noon Wednesday by a search and rescue team. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property, Manger said, and officers with cadaver dogs found the shallow grave. "It's just a complete shock". "There's such a large number of individuals, such huge numbers of individuals that miss you". There are so many people that are out.

Tessier had participated in a news conference with Wallen's family just days before her body was found.

At that time, Tessier is unaware he was a person of interest in this case.

Manger said Tessier's appearance at the news conference was a "calculated decision" made by police and Wallen's family. Tessier had reportedly given inconsistent statements beforehand, and police wanted him to keep talking, so they had him address reporters at the presser. "The friend said take a picture, and she did", Mr Manger said.

Wallen's sister received several texts from Wallen's phone on September 4, stating that the child she was carrying probably was not Tessier's but might be that of a previous boyfriend, Manger said. The two were seen together in surveillance footage at a grocery store near Olney's home on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Evidence that led police to suspect Tessier included a text that he sent to a friend the night before the initial press conference, in which Tessier asked for help to "clean up a mess".

The police chief added that authorities "can only speculate as to the motive..." Wallen's father and Tessier both spoke.

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