Columbia, Md. – Laura Elizabeth Wallen, a 31-year old favorite teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, who has been missing for the last several days, remains untraced. Meanwhile reports suggest that the vehicle that the woman-4 month pregnant-was using has been discovered.
The woman went missing on September 6 and has remained incommunicado since then. Officials suggest that her family members received a text message from the woman on Monday. But it seems that the text message didn’t contain anything good.
Since this past Monday, the woman is not in contact with her family or school authorities about her absence from the school. Wilde Lake High School is a secondary school located in Columbia, Maryland’s Village of Wilde Lake, in Howard County. Opened in 1971 as a model school for the nation, it was Columbia’s first high school. It had an open doughnut-shaped design with “open classrooms” and was a model school for new teaching settings.
The school has expanded substantially over the years. In 1994, the original 910-student building which did not meet current safety standards was demolished. A new $20 million 1,200-seat building with a more traditional style was reconstructed on the same site by Cochran, Stephenson and Donkevoet. The new building, opened in 1996, replicates the open idea, with a central main street, and halls surrounding it and a bridge across the second floor.
The missing teacher’s family reportedly received a text message from her phone , and the message concerned family members enough they called the police, said Capt. Paul Starks, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Police Department. Starks declined to say what the text stated.
Police officer says that the woman had spent the last several weeks preparing her classroom in Howard County, where families and students say she is a beloved teacher. Nonetheless the teacher didn’t show up for the first day of classes this week, and friends, family and coworkers have taken to social media to share pictures of Wallen, alert people of her disappearance and pray for her safe return. In school, students were asked to put notes on her classroom door to “show how much we miss & appreciate her,” according to a tweet from the Wilde Lake High School Twitter account.
She is admired by her students and their families. 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”.
A latest report suggests that the Wallen’s car has been found in Howard County. She is a social studies teacher at the school.