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(ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.) — Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins was strangled and police Wednesday arrested a married couple and charged them with her death.

Police, however, did not give a motive for the killing during a brief news conference.

Allen Prue, 30, and Patricia Prue, 33, who are husband and wife, are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of second degree murder and improper disposal of a body.

The Prues were taken into custody early Wednesday.

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“They knew Ms. Jenkins and had snow plowed her driveway a few years ago,” State Police Maj. Ed Ledo said.

A search warrant is being executed at the Prues’ home.

Allen Prue also worked newspaper delivery man for the Caledonian Record. The newspaper reported that Prue arrived an hour late for his shift on Sunday night, around the same time Jenkins vanished.

The body of Jenkins, 33, from St. Johnsbury, Vt., was found on a dark Vermont road Sunday night. Her SUV was found running with her 2-year-old son Ty inside.

Jenkins’ vehicle was recovered Sunday evening near signs of a struggle after a friend who had been looking for the mother contacted the police.

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