Authorities in Vermont are in a desperate search for Melissa Jenkins, a missing school teacher whose SUV was found abandoned along the side of a road with her 2-year-old child alone inside.
Police got a call around 11:30 p.m. Sunday from a friend of Jenkins' who spotted the 33-year-old single mother's 2006 silver Suzuki Grand Vitara -- with its still engine running
-- along Goss Hollow Road in St. Johnsbury. The location is not far from where Jenkins lives, according to Vermont State Police Captain Dave Covell.
Police found no sign of Jenkins, but they did find indications at the scene that she had not voluntarily left her vehicle.
"Responding Troopers observed evidence at the scene to indicate that Ms. Jenkins' disappearance is the result of foul play as evidence present showed signs that a struggle had occurred," Vermont State Police Major Ed Ledo told reporters during a Monday afternoon press conference.
Ledo did not elaborate further on any potential evidence found at the scene. He did, however, say that Jenkins' child is in good condition and is being cared for by a family friend.
According to Covell, Jenkins was last seen at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The friend who later located her car was the last known person to see her and became concerned when unable to locate her
, police said.
Jenkins holds degrees from Lyndon State College in natural science and geology. She teaches high school science and coaches the girls' basketball team at St. Johnsbury Academy, an independent boarding and day school. Jenkins also works as a part-time waitress at The Creamery Restaurant in nearby Danville.
The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team is processing the scene where Jenkins' vehicle was found and are scouring her home for any possible clues. The Vermont Air National Guard is also assisting in the search by canvassing the area with via helicopter, Ledo said.
Jenkins is described as a white female, 5-foot 4-inches tall, 130 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information about Jenkins' whereabouts is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111. Police are also looking to speak with anyone who may have driven Goss Hollow Road in St. Johnsbury on Sunday evening, between 7:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.