By msnbc.com staff and news services
Vermont police on Wednesday charged a couple with second degree murder in the strangulation of teacher Melissa Jenkins, whose body was found in local woods after she was reported missing.
Allen Prue, 30, and Patricia Prue, 33, of Waterford, Vt., were taken into custody Tuesday night, The Caledonian-Record News reported.
They were arraigned in court Wednesday morning and are being held without bail.
Allen Prue is a snow plow driver and a sub-contracted newspaper delivery person for The Caledonian-Record since January, the newspaper said.
Police said they searched the Prue’s home Tuesday night. No alleged motive was provided, but Vermont State Police said in a statement that “they knew Ms. Jenkins and had snow plowed her driveway a couple of years ago.”
The body of Jenkins, a 33-year-old single mother of a two-year-old boy, was found in the woods on Monday by a state trooper. Her car had been found Sunday by a friend with her son inside.
Jenkins taught science and used to coach basketball at the prestigious St. Johnsbury Academy, which counts former President Calvin Coolidge among its alumni.
“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 said. “She’s got a real gift with them.”
Allen Prue and Patricia Prue are seen in booking photos.
Dozens of students gathered at the academy Monday night after the news that a body had been found. Classes were canceled Tuesday.
Jenkins grew up in Danville, a tight-knit town west of St. Johnsbury where she attended the Danville School.
A family friend said Jenkins left her home Sunday night to meet up and help someone out.
“She would do anything for anybody. She definitely will be greatly missed,” said Ron Craig, of Peacham.
Police believe the crime occurred sometime between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.