Man charged in estranged wife's death; 2 boys safe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV/AP) -- Police say a New Jersey man fatally stabbed his estranged wife, then fled to South Carolina with the couple's two sons. The two boys were found safe and their father is in police custody early Saturday morning.

State police activated the AMBER Alert system late Friday night for two boys missing from New Jersey who may be headed to South Carolina or West Virginia.

Police say the boys' mother was found dead in her home.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's office says a concerned family member called police to request a welfare check on 39-year-old Tracy Jordan. Responding police found Jordan dead of multiple stab wounds at her Lodi home Friday night.

According to the alert, Anthony and Nicholas Jordan of Lodi, N.J., were taken from school by their father, John Robert Jordan. Police said John Jordan is separated from the boys' mother and was not supposed to pick the children up at school.

Police said Jordan may be headed to Greenville, S.C., or New River Gorge, W.V.

Authorities say Jordan was arrested early Saturday after arriving at a relative's home in Greenville, South Carolina, in Tracy Jordan's car. The couple's 7- and 8-year-old sons were found unharmed.

John Jordan has been charged with murder and possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He remains in custody in South Carolina.