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Melissa Jenkins Update: Arrest made in the murder of Vermont teacher

Police say the body of missing Vermont school teacher Melissa Jenkins was possibly found Monday in Barnet, a town not far from St. Johnsbury. According to investigators, the woman's body was found in her SUV, with her unharmed 2-year-old boy inside. CBS affiliate WCAX reports that police say there was evidence of a struggle and that the death is suspicious. CBS/WCAX

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(CBS/AP) WATERFORD, Vt. - Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the murder of Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins, The Caledonian Record reports.

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Allan Prue, 30, and his wife Patricia Prue, 33, were arrested last night after police executed a search warrant at their residence around 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Record reports the home was designated a crime scene and vehicles were towed from the scene.

Around the same time, Patricia Prue was being questioned at the state police barracks in St. Johnsbury. She suddenly experienced a medical episode and was brought to a local hospital. Prue was listed in stable condition at 11 p.m. and returned to the barracks.

Both suspects are now being held at the Northeast Region Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

Vermont State Police said an autopsy Tuesday confirmed the body was that of Jenkins, who disappeared while her son was left unharmed in her idling car. There was evidence of a struggle.

The body was found Monday not far from where her car was found. Police said on Tuesday that the death of the 33-year-old has been ruled a homicide. However, police did not release the cause of death.

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.

Police are scheduled to release more details on the arrest in a press conference Wednesday morning.

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