It was the kind of tragic story we see on the news all the time: a missing woman’s family asking for her safe return at a press conference.
The woman’s name was Laura Wallen, and she was a 31-year-old social studies teacher from Olney, Maryland who was four months pregnant when she disappeared. While she had been buying supplies and was excited to meet her new class, Wallen didn’t show up for the first day of school. Soon, she was listed as a Missing Person.
To help bring Wallen home safely, the local police department arranged for her parents and her boyfriend Tyler Tessier, 32, to make an emotional appeal at a live press conference. On stage, Tyler told his missing girlfriend “There is nothing we can’t fix together — myself and your family. We are just looking or praying that you are safe.”
But what happened next puzzled people watching the conference on live TV. A reporter asked Tessier what his last conversation with Wallen before her disappearance was about. He simply replied “I don’t know where she is, that’s all.”
His strange answer made the people of Olney suspicious, and many suspected that Tessier knew more than he was letting on. But in a surprising twist, police actually suspected the boyfriend from the start, and the press conference was actually a sting.
So what happened to Laura Wallen?