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Amber alert saves kids kidnapped by father hours after he murdered their mother

Anthony and Nicholas Jordan rescued after their father John Robert Jordan kidnapped them from school.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)

The relatives of Anthony Jordan, 7, and Nicholas Jordan, 8, can breathe a sigh of relief after learning that the boys were found alive and safe this morning. A five-state Amber Alert was issued by Lodi, New Jersey police Friday night after it was discovered that the boys were taken from their school by their father, John Robert Jordan, 47.

Jordan was estranged from his wife, and the children’s mother, Tracey Jordan, 39. They were in the process of getting divorced. Tracey had already moved on and was dating a neighbor, Ralph Dejulia. According to Dejulia and other neighbors, Jordan had a history of domestic abuse and was known to be violent during his marriage to Tracey.

Authorities were first alerted that something was amiss by Tracey’s mother. She was unable to contact Tracey by phone. Becoming alarmed, she went to the house and called for help when no one responded to her banging on the door. When police arrived and entered the house, they found Tracey dead of multiple stab wounds.

Officers then learned that earlier that day Jordan had picked up the children from school. He was able to remove the children from school by lying to the school office and telling them that he was there to pick up the boys for their dental appointment. Apparently the school officials had no reason to suspect Jordan was up to something because he was a parent of record.

New Jersey authorizes immediately issued a severe Amber alert. They learned that Jordan had family ties in Greenville, South Carolina, and issued an alert over the most likely routes which covered New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Early this morning Jordan was arrested as he arrived at a relative’s home in Greenville, South Carolina, driving his dead wife’s car. The FBI and Greenville police were in place watching the home and when Jordan pulled up, they arrested him and charged him with murder and possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

There was no gunfire exchanged and the boys were recovered unharmed in the car. Jordan is currently in custody in South Carolina, pending extradition to New Jersey. Authorities have released no motive yet for why Jordan stabbed his wife to death. But according to Tracey’s family, her divorce from Jordan would have been finalized in just a few days.

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