VSP Press Release - Two Arrests in Murder of Melissa Jenkins
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE - ST. JOHNSBURY BARRACKS
Two Arrests in the Murder of Melissa Jenkins
Detective Sergeant Walter Smith, Bureau of Criminal Investigations - 802-748-3111
St. Johnsbury, VT - 03/28/12 - Today, the Vermont State Police released a statement during a press conference with Major Ed Ledo, Criminal Division Commander of the Vermont State Police, regarding a significant development in the investigation into the death of Melissa Jenkins.
Detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Johnsbury Fire Department, Hardwick Police Department, Caledonia County Sheriff's Department, St. Johnsbury Academy, and the Vermont Army National Guard, conducted an aggressive investigation into the death of Melissa Jenkins. Following investigative leads, evidence collected from the crime scenes, and information obtained through interviews, the Vermont State Police made two arrests earlier this morning.
Vermont State Police arrested Allen Prue, age 30, and Patricia Prue, age 33; both of Waterford, Vermont, for 2nd degree murder and improper disposal of a body. Additional charges may be forth coming as this investigation continues to unfold, as coordinated with the Caledonia County State's Attorney's Office.
Both subjects were processed at the St. Johnsbury Barracks, and the arrest processing photos are attached. Both Allen and Patricia Prue were lodged at the Northeast Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury and are being held without bail. The arraignment is scheduled for today, Wednesday March 28, at 11:00 AM in Caledonian Criminal Court.
It was determined by the Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Steven Shapiro that the cause of Ms. Jenkins death was the result of strangulation.
Allen and Patricia Prue are married. They knew Ms. Jenkins and had snow plowed her driveway a couple of years ago. Investigation determined this was an isolated incident.
“We are grateful for all of the assistance and support from cooperating agencies, the community, and the press while we investigated this case," said Major Ed Ledo. "Our efforts in this case are not complete, as there is still much work to be done; however we hope these arrests help bring some closure to the family and friends of Melissa Jenkins. Members of the Crime Scene Search Team executed a search warrant at the Prue residence last night and will continue throughout the day. The scene was secured over night. The dedicated men and women of the Vermont State Police and the FBI assigned to this investigation played a vital role in how quickly Ms. Jenkins' body was found and the preservation of evidence which ultimately resulted in the apprehension of the Prues."
I am unable to comment further on this case, as additional details could inhibit the investigative process and judicial proceedings.
Detectives are still interested in speaking with anyone who may have information regarding this case and should call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111 or submit a secure and anonymous tip on line.