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Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins knew couple suspected in her killing, police say

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(CBS/AP) WATERFORD, Vt. - Police say slain Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins knew the married couple charged in connection to her death.

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Allen Prue, 30, and his wife Patricia Prue, 33, are facing 2nd degree murder charges and charges of improperly disposing of a body in connection to Jenkins' killing.

The Prues, who were arrested early Wednesday, are due in Vermont Superior Court later in the day. The two are being held without bail.

"They knew Miss Jenkins and had snow plowed her driveway a couple of years ago," Vermont State Police Major Ed Ledo said at a news conference Wednesday. Police did not offer a motive for the killing.

The names of the suspects were first reported by The Caledonian Record newspaper, which reports that Allen Prue was also a sub-contracted newspaper delivery person for their paper.

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.

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