‘By all appearances, she seems to be just a solid and committed person who would not behave this way, ‘ said Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks.
Wallen spent days preparing her classroom, which makes it unusual that she didn’t show up for the first day of school.
Montgomery County police have recovered a missing pregnant teacher’s SUV, a police source told News4.
An official search began after Laura failed to come to work on September 5, the first day of classes at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.
When the family of Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, received a “troubling” text message from her on September 4, they didn’t hesitate to contact the police.
Wallen’s family member last recieved a text from her on Monday, but have been unable to contact her since.
Investigators took the SUV from an apartment complex Thursday night but police have yet to find her. Her father went to the teacher’s Olney condo on Monday evening to look for her, but she wasn’t at home.
‘She has been given awards as a teacher in the past. She is believed to be at least three months pregnant.
Police say the family are concerned for Wallen’s emotional and physical welfare.
“She is well-loved by the community, by the students and by everyone in Howard County Public Schools”. Her family reiterated several times that she would never leave without telling anyone and would never leave her dog behind.
For Laura’s father Mark, her disappearance is “like a TV drama you wish you could shut off but you can’t”.
He suspects someone is responsible for his daughter’s disappearance.
A neighbor says they also searched a dumpster and asked questions, knocking on doors and showing residents Wallen’s picture. Police are also searching for her vehicle, a black 2011 Ford Escape with Maryland tag M522473. [Her pregnancy] obviously puts an enormous amount of worry on us because she is out there somewhere and she has a baby, so that’s a really scary thing.
Wallen is described as a five-foot-five white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with any information on Wallen’s whereabouts should call Montgomery County police at 301-279-8000.