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Missing Olney woman found dead, boyfriend charged with her murder

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wallenPolice have found the body of Laura Wallen, who had gone missing over the Labor Day weekend, in a shallow grave in Damascus. COURTESY PHOTO   

UPDATED 9/13/2017 AT 8:55 P.M. — Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, of Olney, has been found dead, and her boyfriend has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger held a press conference at Police Headquarters to announce that Wallen’s body was found by police in a shallow grave on a plot of land on Prices Distillery Road in Damascus. Today at 5:30 p.m., police arrested Wallen’s boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, on the charge of first-degree murder and other related charges.

Police had information from local witnesses that Tessier had been frequenting the area where Wallen’s body was found in Damascus.

The last text communication that came in from Wallen's cellphone was to family members on Monday, Sept. 4 around 9:00 a.m. 

"It was troubling enough for family to call police," County Police Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti said.

Police now believe that text on Monday morning was from Tessier, using Wallen’s cellphone and attempting to impersonate her. Police believe she was killed on Sunday, Sept. 3, according to Chief Manger.

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Police investigating death of small child in Montgomery Village

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Medical personnel at a hospital pronounced a 22-month-old boy dead after a passerby found him in Lake Whetstone at Montgomery Village Friday, Montgomery County Police said.

Spokesperson Capt. Paul Starks said that staff from Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore determined Sunday that the cause of death was accidental drowning.

Starks said that the investigation is ongoing.

According to police, 22-month-old Malik Bojang of the 18700 block of Pier Point Place in Gaithersburg was at a playground interacting with other children under the supervision of a family member when he wandered off. A family member called police around 7:30 p.m. and reported the child was missing.

“What the caller told police is that they could not find the boy. It had just been a few minutes. (The caller) was looking for him,” Starks said.

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