Anthony Jordan, 7, and 8-year-old Nicholas Jordan were found safe following a massive search in five states. Police said their father, John Jordan, took them from their elementary school in Lodi and has been arrested.
The boys' mother, 39-year-old Tracy Jordan was found dead in the home she shared with her two sons on 222 Garibaldi Ave., in Lodi. She had reportedly been trying to divorce the suspect.
Around 5:20 p.m. Friday, Lodi Police officers responded to Tracy Jordan's home after receiving a call from a concerned family member. Police found her dead with multiple stab wounds, according to a statement from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
Investigators learned that John Jordan, who was estranged from his wife, had picked the two boys up at Wilson School under false pretenses, the statement said. He traveled in the victim's car to South Carolina where, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, he has relatives.
He was arrested around 12:45 a.m. Saturday when he arrived at a family member's home in Greenville. The children were found safe in the car. Jordan has been charged with murder and he will be extradited to New Jersey.
In Lodi, Ralph Dejulia, the victim's boyfriend, said Friday night that he grew worried when Tracy Jordan didn't pick up her phone all day.
"This has happened in the past ? he [John Jordan] was abusive toward her, and it came to this," said Dejulia.
The Lodi Police Department, as well as the Bergen County Sheriff and prosecutor's offices, were part of the investigation.
New Jersey State Police have canceled additional Amber Alerts in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.