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.