Gloucester County prosecutor Sean Dalton said 49-year-old Frank Adolf, apparently killed his 6-year-old son, Frank Adolf Jr., and wife Bonnie, 44.
Their bodies were found inside their home after Pitman police performed a 10 a.m. well-being check after receiving a call.
Autopsies for the three are pending, Dalton said. There was no reported domestic violence history in the family, and neighbors interviewed on the block said the Daltons kept to themselves.
Investigators determined that it was a murder-suicide based on handwritten and email messages in which Francis Adolf indicated he would harm himself, his wife and his son.
He also sent out a tweet on July 30, bidding his followers goodbye.
Goodbye forever twitter. My marriage is too important. Pray for me, my wife and family. Love you all. Thanks.— Francis Adolf (@FrancisAdolf) July 31, 2013
Mayor Russ Johnson posted a message to the community on Francis' Facebook page.
"Today is a sad and tragic day for our community," Johnson wrote. "With the internet and social media, news and rumors move faster than we can imagine. Today's senseless developments leave us sad, confused and even angry.
"I ask that you join me in praying for all those affected by this terrible tragedy. We pray for the victims, their families, friends, neighbors and classmates. We also pray for the emergency responders who were on the scene of this tragedy. Pitman is a strong community and I am confident we will come together to get through these events. Let us remain focused on those who need our thoughts and prayers the most at this time."
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