UPDATED 1: 24 a.m. 5/10
LODI, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey State Police say two Lodi children whose mother was found stabbed to death, prompting an AMBER alert Friday night, have been recovered safely.
The alert was issued after the two children, ages 7 and 8 , were allegedly taken from a local school by their father, and their mother was found stabbed to death.
Their father was taken into custody near a relative’s home in South Carolina, and the two children were recovered safely, New Jersey State Police told CBS 2 early Saturday morning.
Authorities had initially believed the two boys were in immediate danger.
New Jersey State Police told CBS 2 the two children were abducted after their father allegedly picked them up from Wilson Elementary School, at 80 Union St. in Lodi.
The mother of the two children was found stabbed to death in the family’s apartment, in a complex at 222 Garibaldi Ave. in Lodi., police said. The boys’ father — who was the woman’s estranged husband — was suspected in the slaying, police said.
The boys were identified as Nicholas Jordan, 8, and Anthony Jordan, 7.
Anthony was described as a white male standing 3 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 50 pounds. Nicholas was described as a white male standing 3 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 60 pounds.
Both boys were last seen wearing their school uniforms – a maroon collared shirt and khaki pants.
They were recovered with their father, John Jordan, 47. He is described as a white male with blue eyes, weighing about 220 pounds.
An intense hunt was mobilized Friday night, and police put out several descriptions of vehicles Jordan may have been driving.