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Police Say Body Is That Of Missing Vermont Teacher

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press
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Melissa Jenkins (Photo Credit: Vermont State Police)

Melissa Jenkins (Photo Credit: Vermont State Police)

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say an autopsy has confirmed that a body found off a back road is that of a prep school teacher who disappeared while her son was left unharmed in her idling car.

Police said Tuesday that the death 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins has been ruled a homicide. Police did not release the cause of death.

Jenkins was reported missing Sunday night. Police found her car not far from her St. Johnsbury home. There was evidence of a struggle.

The body was found Monday not far from where her car was found.

Jenkins taught science and had served as the freshman girls’ basketball coach at St. Johnsbury Academy, a boarding school that also serves as the public high school.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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