Maryland social studies teacher Laura Wallen vanished without a trace on Monday, September 4, a day before she was supposed to start the new school year.
The 31-year-old, who is currently four months pregnant, was voted “Teacher of the Year” by her students at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia last year.
Her students have joined in on the desperate search to find her.Screenshot/NBC Washington
According to earlier reports, Wallen was last seen at her condo that Monday morning. She sent a text message to her father, Mark Wallen, that he described as “troubling.”
He went to check on his daughter at her home, but she wasn’t there. The pregnant teacher, who was excited about motherhood, also didn’t show up to class the next day.
Montgomery County Police called the disappearance “suspicious” and launched an investigation to find the 31-year-old.
On Thursday, September 7, police located Wallen’s vehicle less than a mile away from Wilde Lake High School, but it gave little indication as to her whereabouts.
Wallen’s boyfriend and father of her child, Tyler Tessier, has kept relatively quiet since the teacher’s disappearance. But on Monday, September 11, he joined Wallen’s father to speak out on camera for a press conference.Screenshot/Baltimore Sun
According to CBS Baltimore, Tessier said he was unsure what may have led to Wallen’s mysterious disappearance, but spoke to his girlfriend directly during the press conference.
He said they could “fix” any trouble she may have gotten into:
“Laura, if you’re listening, it doesn’t matter what’s happened, doesn’t matter what type of trouble — there’s nothing we can’t fix together, myself and your family. There’s so many people, so many people that miss you.”
He then addressed someone else — the person who may have taken her. Tessier said:
“If somebody has her — please understand you’ve taken away a huge person in so many people’s lives. We just want her back.”
Wallen’s father, Mark, also pleaded for his daughter’s safety. During Monday’s press conference, the heartbroken dad said:
“I wanted to let Laura know that we’re out there looking for her and we’re not giving up on her. She is still alive somewhere.”
The family also revealed that they are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone that can help them locate the missing mom-to-be.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000. You can watch the press conference below.