ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say an autopsy has confirmed that a body found off a back road is that of a prep school teacher who disappeared while her son was left unharmed in her idling car.
Police said Tuesday that the death 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins has been ruled a homicide. Police did not release the cause of death.
Jenkins was reported missing Sunday night. Police found her car not far from her St. Johnsbury home. There was evidence of a struggle.
The body was found Monday from where her SUV was found running on Sunday night with her unharmed 2-year-old boy inside.
Jenkins was a single mother who taught science at St. Johnsbury Academy, a prestigious Vermont boarding school established in the 1840s, whose alumni include former President Calvin Coolidge.
Vermont police say the body was found Monday in Barnet, a town not far from St. Johnsbury. A friend who was looking for Jenkins called police Sunday and Jenkins' vehicle was discovered that evening.
He says that authorities are searching for a suspect and that the public should be vigilant.
B.J. Robertson, the father of the boy, would not comment on Jenkins' disappearance.
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