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Vermont Couple Arrested In Gruesome Killing Of Teacher

3/29/2012 12:37 PM ET

A Vermont couple was arrested Wednesday in connection to the gruesome murder of beloved science teacher Melissa Jenkins.

Snow plow driver Allen Prue allegedly told wife Patricia Prue he wanted to "get a girl" on Sunday, and the couple concocted a fake breakdown scheme to lure the young mother out of her home near St. Johnsbury, Vt., according to the Boston Herald.

The strangled, bound body of 33-year-old Jenkins, who taught science at the prestigious St. Johnsbury Academy, was discovered in the Connecticut River shortly after her SUV was found idling with her 2-year-old son safe inside.

Allen Prue, 30 and Patricia Prue 33, were arrested and arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and unauthorized burial or removal of a dead body. They both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"They knew Miss Jenkins and had snowplowed her driveway a couple of years ago," Vermont State Police Maj. Ed Ledo said at a news conference, the Herald reported.

A friend told police that Allen Prue had asked Jenkins out a few times and she felt uncomfortable around him. She cut ties with the couple but Allen Prue showed up drunk at her home last year asking if he could clear snow for her again, according to the Herald.

Police said that Allen Prue confessed to strangling Jenkins, loading her into the backseat of their car with his wife, who he says choked her until she stopped breathing, WBNG reported.

The Prues allegedly took Jenkins back to their home, stripped off her clothes and put her nude body on a tarp. The couple then drove the body to a boat access on the Connecticut River. Allen Prue told police he drenched Jenkins' body in bleach before weighing her down with cinder blocks and dumping her in the river, according to WBNG.

by RTT Staff Writer

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