Teachers Death Deemed Suspicious

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:07am

Body located near still-running SUV with toddler strapped inside.

Vermont police have found a body believed to be a missing school teacher and mother, and say the death could be suspicious.

The small town of Danville was grieving and fearing the worst after Vermont State Police found the body believed to be missing science teacher Melissa Jenkins.

The long day of searching for the missing 33-year-old came to a tragic end on Monday.

"I told everybody in the chapel, 'The best thing to do is be hopeful, both for Melissa and her family, and for us'...and this evening, as you heard, a lot of that hope went out the room," Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "and so it's devastating. I'm sure there are people at home who just heard the news, who are as devastated as we are."

Jenkins was reported missing on Sunday night.

Police found her car running with her toddler safe inside.

They also found signs of a struggle, indicating that she was taken be force.

"At this time the body recovered this afternoon is believed to be that of Miss Jenkins, however, a positive ID of the body will not be made until the autopsy is performed," Vermont State Police Major Ed Ledo said.

The autopsy was expected to be performed on Tuesday.

If the fears of Jenkins' small town are correct, those tears of concern will soon turn to tears of mourning the loss of Melissa Jenkins.

St. Johnsbury Police are seeking tips for any possible witnesses.

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