Ho.Co. teacher's boyfriend charged with murder after her body is found

Ho.Co. teacher's boyfriend charged with murder after her body is found

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) -- According to Montgomery County Police, Laura Wallen, the missing pregnant teacher from Olney, has been found dead.

On Twitter, Montgomery County Police reported, "We are sad to report that missing Olney woman Laura Wallen has been located deceased. A suspect was arrested for her murder 45 minutes ago."

Howard County Public Schools issued a statement shortly after the death announcement, saying the mobile crisis team will be at Wilde Lake High School Wednesday evening, available to the entire Wilde Lake community.

"There additionally will be large teams of people available at Wilde Lake High School and Murray Hill Middle School tomorrow to support every student and staff member that need somebody to talk to," wrote the school system on social media.

Interim schools superintendent Michael Martirano said in an email that he is "deeply saddened" to learn of her death.

"My heart goes out to the people who prayed so hard for her safe return and are devastated by this news," he wrote.

Wallen's family had been offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to her location.

Montgomery County police said Monday that Laura Wallen's car, a Ford Escape was found Thursday at apartment complex in Howard County.

Family members of Laura Wallen also gave emotional pleas for information.

The Washington Post reported Friday that police consider the disappearance of the pregnant Wallen to be suspicious.

The 31-year-old was last heard from last Monday. Police said she sent a text message to her family.

Relatives found the message concerning. Investigators have not released the message's contents.

Her family said Lauren was going to neighborhood bars and restaurants selling raffle tickets for the senior class at her school.

Wallen teaches in the Social Studies department at Wilde Lake High School.

The first day of school was Tuesday. She did not show up.

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