Waterford, Vt. – According to one woman, Allen Prue, who is accused of killing Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins, pursued her teenage daughter online several months ago.
“This is how it started,” Ann Champney told WCAX. “He wrote to her, ‘Hey how are you doing’ And she wrote, ‘Do I know you?’”
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Champney claimed the Facebook messaging from Prue began last November with the 30 year old attempting to get her daughter to meet with him.
“’Hey, we don’t know each other but my name is Allen. How are you doing?’ Again, he still tried it. And then she wrote, ‘Don’t write me again. I don’t know you and I don’t care to. You wrote me before. Just stop,’” said Champney.
She noted that after hearing about Melissa’s murder, she is haunted by what could have happened to her daughter.
“…I feel terrible for saying I’m so glad it wasn’t my daughter, but I feel terrible it was their daughter,” Champney noted.
According to a police affidavit, the suspects in the case – Prue, 30, and his wife Patricia, 33 – hatched a plan to “get a girl” as they drove around the local area.
Authorities allege the couple called Melissa on Mar. 25 at about 8:30 p.m., saying their car had broken down and they needed help. When the teacher arrived to assist, Allen Prue allegedly attacked her almost immediately after she exited her car. According to police he admitted strangling her and throwing her into his vehicle.
Later, Patricia Prue allegedly choked her to make sure she “wasn’t breathing.”
The horrific event reportedly took place in front of Melissa’s two year old son, who allegedly described to police what he saw done to his “mommy.”
After she was dead, the couple then allegedly wrapped Melissa’s body in a tarp, poured bleach over it and threw it into the Connecticut river after weighing it down with concrete blocks. They disrobed and burned their clothing, along with hers.
The Prues appeared in court separately on Wednesday and each pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and the unauthorized burial or removal of a corpse.
A memorial service for Melissa is slated to take place where she taught at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday afternoon.
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