Jenkins death ruled homicide

State Police have just issued a statement confirming that the body found in Barnet Monday is that of Melissa Jenkins, a 33-year-old science teacher from St. Johnsbury. Police also ruled the death a homicide. The release:

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded the autopsy on the body that was found off Comeford Dam Road in the Town of Barnet yesterday afternoon. The body has positively been identified as being that of Melissa Jenkins, age 33 of St. Johnsbury. Dr. Steven Shapiro, Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the manner of death to be a homicide. The cause of death is being withheld as to not inhibit the progress of the investigation.In addition to numerous leads and interviews being conducted, the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team returned to the scene this morning where the body was located and additional items of interest were collected. The description of the items recovered at the scene will not be disclosed in an effort to preserve the integrity of the investigation. The State Police anticipate securing the scene where Ms. Jenkins body was discovered through the rest of the day and possibly into tomorrow.

Major Ed Ledo, Criminal Division Commander for the Vermont State Police states, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Ms. Jenkins and our thoughts are with her family and friends. We remain committed to solving this case and to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for the death of Ms. Jenkins.”

No press conference will be held today.

The Vermont State Police cannot emphasize the importance of citizens coming forward with any and all information regarding this case. We especially want to hear from anyone who may have traveled along Goss Hollow Road in St. Johnsbury on Sunday evening between the hours of 7:00PM and 11:30PM and along Comerford Dam Road in the Town of Barnet.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please call the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111 or submit a secure and anonymous tip.

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In Vermont, text users can send their tip to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VTIPS. Or users can use the online form at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=1064.

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