Columbia, Md. – A pregnant teacher in Columbia, Maryland has gone missing. She was all set to join the school on the first day of school, but didn’t turn up. A search for the missing student has been launched by authorities.
Reports suggest that 31-year old Laura Elizabeth Wallen is not in contact with her family since Monday. It was on that day that the missing teacher sent a text. Officers are yet to reveal the contents of the text message that the woman sent to her family members.
Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti says, “It was alarming enough that the family said ‘We need to call police”.
The female teacher is apparently loved by students, family and friends. Mark John Burch says, “She was working in school Friday and now missing. She is a great person and even better friend. If anyone knows anything please help out the police. Her phone was last pinged in Silver Spring. She teaches at Wilde Lake High School and lives in Olney. She is with child as well. Prayers are out to the family and we are praying to bring her home safely”.
Meanwhile a report in Fox 5 says that a vehicle belonging to Laura Wallen missing from Montgomery County, has been found in Howard County. Wallen was last heard from on Monday after police said she contacted a family member by text message. Police would not go into detail about what the text message said, but they described it as troubling. The 31-year-old Olney woman is a social studies teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. She failed to show up for the first day of the school year on Tuesday in Howard County.
Montgomery County police have said that nothing can be ruled out right now. Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks says, “By all appearances, she seems to be just a solid and committed person who would not behave this way…She has been given awards as a teacher in the past. I think she enjoys a close relationship, not only with her sister, but with her parents. They all still live very close to one another in the Olney area, see each other frequently and communicate even more frequently by phone.