The pair allegedly pretended to have car trouble in order to lure her to an area where she was strangled, according to court documents.
Allen Prue, 30, and wife Patricia Prue, 33, wanted to “get a girl” on Sunday night, although he and his wife “didn’t plan to get one forcefully,” state official court documents.
The two were taken into police custody last night. This morning, they were arraigned in court, where they pleaded not guilty. They are currently being held without bail.
Patricia Prue reportedly phoned Jenkins on Sunday night and told her their vehicle had broken down.
When Jenkins arrived, Allen Prue allegedly strangled her. The couple then put the body into the backseat of their car and drove her to their home.
Once home, they allegedly laid Jenkins’ body out on a tarp, took off her clothes, and poured bleach on the body. They also then removed their own clothes and put them on the tarp as well.
They then drove out to a boat access at the Connecticut River and put Jenkins’ body in the water after weighing it down with blocks.
Then they burned the tarp and the clothing.
Police found Jenkins’ son alone in her vehicle on Sunday night.
Jenkins’ ex-boyfriend told authorities that the 33-year-old mother of two had received a call from someone who used to plow her driveway and that she was going to assist them, according to the court documents.
Allen Prue is a snow plow driver and a sub-contracted newspaper delivery person for The Caledonian-Record.
Jenkins taught science and used to coach basketball at St. Johnsbury Academy, a school once attended by former President Calvin Coolidge.
Dozens of students gathered at the academy on Monday night after it was revealed that a body had been found. Classes there were cancelled yesterday.
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