Update: Continuing Investigation To Identify Wheaton Regional Park Homicide Victim; Photos Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of a male whose body was located on Tuesday, September 5 in Wheaton Regional Park located at 11715 Orebaugh Avenue in Wheaton.

Investigators continue to ask for the public’s help in identifying the victim and today are releasing photographs of some of the victim’s clothing and personal items that were recovered from his body.  Investigators believe the following:

The victim was a Hispanic male, who was approximately 5’2″ tall and weighed approximately 126 pounds.  He had short, dark brown hair.  He had a missing lower tooth that may have been evident when he was speaking or smiling.

Detectives believe the victim may have been killed between December 2016 and March 2017 and that he was possibly from Annapolis.

He was wearing a men’s size large, gray sweatshirt, with the words, “First United Methodist Church Laurel” written on the left chest of the sweatshirt (see photos):

Victim’s Sweatshirt

Magnified Methodist Church Logo

Sweatshirt with Logo Positioning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under the sweatshirt he was wearing a men’s size large, gray, hooded, long-sleeve shirt.  The brand was American Eagle.

He was wearing men’s size medium, black sweatpants. The brand was Adam Levine.

Under the sweatpants he was wearing men’s size large blue, athletic shorts with the number “19” on the left side of the shorts.  The two photographs include the actual shorts that he was wearing and a depiction of how they may have appeared before his death (see photos):

Victim’s Shorts

Shorts Representation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rosary or necklace was recovered with his body:

Rosary

Rosary

 

 

 

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This remains an ongoing investigation.  Additional information will be released as it is confirmed.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide or the victim is urged to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Briggs Chaney Area Deaths Investigated as a Murder-Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating two deaths that occurred in the Briggs Chaney area as a murder-suicide.

On Saturday, September 16 at approximately 9:07 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a home in the 2900 block of Shepperton Terrace for the report of a domestic-related assault that had just occurred.  Upon entering the residence, first responders located the victim, identified as Rosa Melida Contreras, age 50, of the Shepperton Terrace address, in a bedroom suffering from life-threatening-injuries received during the assault.  Contreras was transported a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Officers located the suspect, identified as Genaro Cruz Ramos, age 48, of an unconfirmed address, deceased behind the home.  He was found hanging from a rope tied to a tree.  Officers attempted lifesaving measures on Ramos but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.  His death has been ruled a suicide.

Contreras succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on Wednesday, September 20.

The investigation by detectives has determined that Contreras and Ramos were believed to have been involved in a romantic relationship for approximately 8 years but had recently separated.  On the evening of September 16, Ramos arrived at the home where an argument between Ramos and Contreras ensued.  Ramos assaulted Contreras with a hammer and was last seen by a family member, who was in the home at the time of the assault, fleeing from the home with a rope in his hand.

Anyone with information about this murder-suicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5050.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Boyfriend Arrested and Charged with Murder of Missing Olney Woman Laura Wallen

Tyler Tessier

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division have arrested and charged Tyler Tessier, age 32 of Holsey Road in Damascus, with the first-degree murder of 31-year-old Laura Wallen of Rolling Meadow Way in Olney.

On the evening of Monday, September 4, Wallen’s sister reported Wallen as a missing person to the Montgomery County Police Department. Wallen’s sister stated that she last saw Laura on the evening of Friday, September 1, and despite numerous attempts, she and her parents had been unable to contact her since having a brief text conversation on Saturday, September 2. Wallen’s sister also informed detectives that Laura had a boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, and that Wallen was four-months pregnant with his child.

Investigators confirmed that Wallen, a teacher at a high school in Columbia, Maryland, did not arrive for the first day of school on September 5. They determined that the last known transaction on Wallen’s financial accounts was a debit card purchase at the Safeway store in Olney on September 2 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. A review of store surveillance by detectives showed Wallen and Tessier making a purchase together. This was the last known sighting of Wallen. The last known message from Wallen’s phone was to her sister on the morning of Monday, September 4; detectives have determined that Tessier sent that text (a fact Tessier admitted during police questioning).

On Thursday, September 7, the Howard County Police Department informed MCPD that an employee of the Gramercy Place apartment complex in Columbia had located Wallen’s license in front of an apartment dumpster on September 4. After viewing a Facebook post regarding Wallen’s missing status, the employee realized he had located her license and called police. MCPD officers responded to the apartment complex, where they located Wallen’s vehicle, a 2011, black Ford Escape. The SUV was backed into a space and the front license plate had been removed. MCPD investigators seized the vehicle for forensic testing.

Between September 5 and 11, detectives interviewed Tessier multiple times. In each interview, he provided conflicting statements regarding Wallen’s disappearance. Tessier did make some admissions. He admitted that he is engaged to another woman. He also admitted that he drove Wallen’s vehicle to the apartment complex in Columbia, that he disposed of her phone and driver’s license in a dumpster, and that he had removed her license plate from her vehicle. Detectives located an acquaintance of Tessier who stated that Tessier had called her to give him a ride from the apartment complex where Wallen’s vehicle was located. Tessier asked the friend to lie if the police ever asked her about picking him up in Columbia.

On September 13, MCPD officers executed a search warrant on property located in the 12400 block of Prices Distillery Road in Damascus. The property, belonging to Tessier’s friend, includes a farm surrounded by acres of open fields and woods. Investigation had revealed that Tessier had been spending a great amount of time at the property after Wallen’s disappearance. During this search, the MCPD Search and Rescue team, assisted by cadaver dogs, located a freshly dug area of the ground in a field adjacent to the friend’s property; Wallen’s body was located buried in the ground. Her remains were recovered and sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Investigators noted that a text conversation between Wallen and her sister on Saturday, September 2, included mention that Tessier was currently taking Wallen on an “adventure” in the country. Wallen texted a photo of a field that appears to be the same field where Wallen’s body was located.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, Tessier was arrested by MCPD officers in Hyattstown on the strength of a warrant charging him with first-degree murder. He was transported to Police Headquarters for questioning and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Tessier is currently being held without bond.

Wheaton Park Death Ruled Homicide; Detectives Ask for Public’s Assistance in Identifying Victim

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the death of a male whose body was located on Tuesday, September 5 in Wheaton Regional Park located at 11715 Orebaugh Avenue in Wheaton.  The Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore has ruled the manner of death a homicide.  There was trauma to the body.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim and are providing the following information about him which has been gathered during the investigation:

  • He is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’2″ tall, and weighs 126 pounds.  He has short, dark brown hair.
  • He was wearing a men’s size large, gray sweatshirt, with the words, “First United Methodist Church Laurel” written on the left chest of the sweatshirt.
  • Under the sweatshirt he was wearing a men’s size large, gray, hooded, long-sleeve shirt.  The brand was American Eagle.
  • He was wearing men’s size medium, black sweatpants. The brand was Adam Levine.
  • Under the sweatpants he was wearing men’s size large blue, athletic shorts.  There was the number “19” on the left side of the shorts and a stripe on the right leg.
  • He was wearing black ankle socks.
  • He was missing a bottom tooth located near the front of his mouth.
  • He is possibly from Annapolis based on evidence collected.
  • Through investigation, it was determined that it is possible that the victim was killed during the approximate time period of December 2016 to March 2017.

This remains an ongoing investigation and no further information can be confirmed at this time.  Anyone with information regarding this homicide or the victim is urged to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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Silver Spring Park Death Ruled Homicide; Identity of Victim Confirmed

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the suspicious death of a male whose body was located by a hiker on Wednesday, September 6 in a creek in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park in Silver Spring. The victim is now being identified as Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, age 20, of University Boulevard East in Silver Spring.  The Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore has ruled the manner of death a homicide and confirmed Guerra’s identity.

Guerra was reported to MCPD as a missing person by his family on September 3.

This remains an ongoing investigation and no further information can be confirmed at this time.  Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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