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Police in Montgomery County search for missing pregnant teacher

Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, who lives in Olney, reportedly last spoke with her family on a text message this past Sunday. (Photo: Montgomery County Police)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — Police in Montgomery County are searching for a missing pregnant teacher and are asking the public for help finding her.

Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, who lives in Olney, is a social studies and law teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, where she received a “Teacher of the Year” award in 2016.

Police say her family last received a text message from her phone on Sunday.

After she had spent time preparing for the first day of school, Wallen didn’t show up for the first two days of classes this week.

Police say Wallen is 5'5" and weighs about 200 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is about four months pregnant.

Wallen might be driving a black 2011 Ford Escape with a Maryland license plate that reads M522473.

Montgomery County Police say they and Wallen’s family are concerned for her "emotional and physical welfare," and police are asking anyone with information on where she might be to call 301-279-8000.

A neighbor at Wallen’s Olney condominium complex says he saw her arrive home with her boyfriend Saturday night. He says the boyfriend left a few minutes later, and then Wallen left about ten minutes later at a time he estimated was around 10 p.m.

The neighbor says he hasn’t seen Wallen’s Ford Escape in the neighborhood since.

WJZ in Baltimore reported Wallen's vehicle was recovered in Columbia about a mile away from Wilde Lake High School on Thursday night.

ABC7's Amy Aubert reported Friday police have not yet confirmed if the vehicle was located.

This story has been updated, Friday, September 8, 2017

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