On the evening of March 25, 2012, Melissa Jenkins of St. Johnsbury went missing on Goss Hollow Road. Her 2-year-old son, Ty, was found alone in her SUV with the engine running. Police immediately suspected that she was a victim of foul play. Jenkins was a single parent who taught science and coached girls' basketball at St. Johnsbury Academy. She also worked as a part-time waitress at The Creamery Restaurant in Danville.
The next day, Jenkin's body was found bound, naked and submerged in shallow water near the Comerford Dam boat launch in Barnet.