Vermont police say they have found a dead body which they believe to be Melissa Jenkins, a local science teacher at St. Johnsbury academy who was declared missing on Sunday night. According to State Police Major Ed Ledo, it is likely Jenkins, though her identification cannot be confirmed until after the autopsy. The body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, Vt. The autopsy should be conducted on Tuesday.
The body was found in nearby Barnet, Vt. According to the police, she had no restraining orders on anyone and they have no clear suspects. However, police officers are warning local citizens to remain vigilant and the killer may still be in the area.
I cannot disclose the details of how the body was found or the condition of the body, but this death is considered suspicious, Det. Sgt. Walter Smith told the press Monday. We don't know if it's an isolated incident, we expect the public to use all diligence and vigilance while out and about.
Melissa Jenkin's car was discovered on Sunday evening near what look like signs of a struggle by a friend out looking for Jenkins who called the police. The car was discovered still running, with Jenkins' two-year old son inside. According to her family members, Jenkins left her home on Sunday night rushing out the door to help an unidentified friend experiencing car trouble.
[This is] something you would never think of in this small town we have here, family friend Ron Craig told ABC News.
On Monday over 100 friends and family members were present at a candlelight service for Melissa Jenkins. Not only was she a gifted teacher, she was also coached basketball and served as a dorm proctor at the 970-student school, before giving birth to her son.
She's got a real gift with students who either haven't liked science before or learning science doesn't come easy to them, headmaster Tom Lovett told the Associated Press.