Burlington (VT) TV station WCAX tweeted apologies last night after showing the nude body of of murder victim Melissa Jenkins; the science teacher – killed in 2012 – was shown face-down underwater and weighted by cinder blocks.
The series of tweets said: “WCAX would like to apologize to our viewers and especially friends and family of Melissa Jenkins. We used a photo in our 6 o’clock report that should NEVER have been used. We are investigating how something so egregious could happen. We are deeply sorry.”
News director Anson Tebbetts blames the mistake on a “breakdown in our editing system … that’s a little complicated to explain.”
He told the Burlington Free Press: “We’ve spent the last 24 hours apologizing for our terrible mistake. We apologize to the family, her friends, the community and everyone that surrounded this case. It was a terrible mistake, and we’re deeply, deeply sorry.”