LA MARQUE — A La Marque third-grade teacher reported missing by co-workers who were launching a search was in jail after being arrested by the FBI.

Niquella Hardwick who teaches at Simms Elementary School was arrested at her Houston apartment Wednesday morning according to law officers.

An FBI spokeswoman said Hardwick 27 had been arrested on a warrant from the bureau’s Detroit office on a charge of federal telephone harassment.

Special Agent Shauna Dunlap of the Houston FBI said she could not provide details on the charge because it is an ongoing investigation being handled by Detroit agents.

Hardwick an Alabama native who had previously worked for Mainland Preparatory Academy charter school in La Marque had been the subject of a missing persons search launched by her colleagues at Simms Elementary.

Teachers had gathered Thursday afternoon prepared to pass out fliers near Hardwick’s Clear Lake area apartment complex in hopes of finding her. District officials said they had last heard from Hardwick on Monday morning when she called in sick.

When she did not return to work Tuesday and Wednesday school officials tried to contact her to no avail.

La Marque Superintendent Adrain Johnson was meeting with teachers about the missing woman when someone contacted the school to report that Hardwick had been found.

Johnson said the person who contacted the district claimed to be an attorney friend of Hardwick’s.

Johnson said he was unaware of the federal arrest of the teacher until contacted by The Daily News. The shocked superintendent said the district would not comment on the arrest or Hardwick’s status with the district until officials had time to gather more information.

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