A pregnant teacher in Maryland never showed up for the first day of class, sparking worry from her family and police.
Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, was last seen Monday at her condo where she lives alone.
According to NBC Washington, her family received a "troubling" text message from her on Monday. They have been unable to reach her ever since. Police have not yet released the contents of that text message.
"You feel so helpless at that point because you don't know where your child is," her father, Mark Wallen, said.
According to NBC Washington, he thinks someone has played a role in his daughter's disappearance. Wallen is four months pregnant. Just recently, she placed a sonogram on her unborn baby on her refrigerator.
"That 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," Jennifer Kadi, Wallen’s sister, said.
She teaches history and law at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. The Baltimore Sun reports that she was named Wilde Lake High’s Senior Class Teacher of the Year in 2016.
On Wednesday, the school’s principal addressed a letter to parents and students. “Our staff members are closely monitoring students who may need assistance to process their thoughts and emotions associated with this report,” the letter stated.
A crisis team has also been made available at the school for emotional support.
Wallen is 5'5" and weighs 200 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Police are also looking for her car, a black 2011 Ford Escape with Maryland license plate M522473. Anyone with information about Wallen's location or the location of her car is urged to call 301-279-8000.
[Photos: NBC Washington and Montgomery County Police Department]