Boyfriend charged in teacher’s mur­der

Her un­born child wasn’t his, he says

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY KASEY JONES

BAL­TI­MORE | The boyfriend of a miss­ing, preg­nant sub­ur­ban Mary­land teacher was en­gaged to an­other woman and sent text mes­sages us­ing the teacher’s iden­tity claim­ing he wasn’t the fa­ther of her un­born baby, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments that charge him with mur­der­ing her.

The grim turn of events has re­ceived wide­spread at­ten­tion af­ter it was learned the boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, 32, was at an emo­tional press con­fer­ence Mon­day seek­ing any in­for­ma­tion on the fate of the miss­ing teacher.

One of Mr. Tessier’s texts to Laura Wallen’s sis­ter claimed the miss­ing woman’s pre­vi­ous boyfriend was the fa­ther of her child, an ar­rest war­rant re­leased Thurs­day al­leged. The text mis­spelled the for­mer boyfriend’s first name, which po­lice said added to doubts that the texts were re­ally from Wallen.

The sus­pect “was not hon­est with ei­ther woman,” Mont­gomery State’s At­tor­ney John McCarthy said out­side the court­house Thurs­day.

Mr. Tessier was ar­rested Wed­nes­day evening and charged with first-de­gree mur­der in Wallen’s death. The high school teacher was four months preg­nant, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

Po­lice found Wallen’s re­mains in a shal­low grave in Da­m­as­cus, Mary­land, about 38 miles west of Wash­ing­ton. Po­lice say they are await­ing au­topsy re­sults to de­ter­mine how she was killed.

Wallen’s fam­ily re­ported her miss­ing Sept. 5, when she didn’t show up for the first day of school. Her car was found Sept. 7 at an apart­ment com­plex in Howard County, not far from the high school where she taught.

Mr. Tessier gave nu­mer­ous con­flict­ing state­ments to de­tec­tives over the days af­ter Wallen, 31, was re­ported miss­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

Wallen’s par­ents spoke at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day and an­nounced a $25,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion on her where­abouts. Mr. Tessier sat with the par­ents, hold­ing their hands, and cried through a brief state­ment. Mont­gomery Po­lice Chief Tom Manger said Wed­nes­day that Mr. Tessier’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the news con­fer­ence had been part of a po­lice plan.

“It was a cal­cu­lated de­ci­sion made by de­tec­tives to have Tessier at­tend the event and speak,” Chief Manger said. “It was done with the ap­proval and knowl­edge of the vic­tim’s fam­ily.”

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