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Police Chief Frederick Ryan told Boston media that the bodies of two adults and two infants were found in an apartment at 45 Newland Road by an au pair on Monday, Nov. 18.

The family has been identified as Scott Jones, Mei Kum Jones, both 43, and their sons, Colt and Cameron, who would have had their first birthdays Nov. 26.

The victims had signs of trauma and the deaths were being investigated as homicides, Ryan said. The address is not far from Peirce School, where students were released early.

 Authorities said they were not seeking any suspects and there was no threat to public safety.

"Obviously, it’s a very troubling event for the community," Ryan said at a late-afternoon news conference. "It’s important for you to all understand ... there is no risk to public safety at this time. We’re quite certain the community safe and people can go about their business this evening."

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, who emphasized that the investigation was in a very early stage, said: "As the chief has pointed out, we’re not looking for anybody at this point."


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Ryan said the manner and means of death would be determined by the medical examiner.

Mei Kum Jones's brother, Ben Li, said in an interview with Boston’s WBZ-TV that the couple had recent marital problems.

The four were found dead after noon in an Arlington home by a police officer who had been asked to check on their well-being, Boston.com reported.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Two helicopters were circling over the town at 2 p.m.

Newland Road resident John Belli told Boston.com he was raking leaves when his daughter came rushing into his home, concerned that something happened to him.

Belli discovered that the street had been blocked off due to the incident four or five houses up from his. He said police are outside, with a marked car at one end of the street and unmarked cars at the other end.

Belli described the neighborhood as nice and quiet, a good place to raise kids.

"I used to leave the doors open, but not anymore," said Belli, who has lived on the street for 47 years.


This story was published at 1:34 p.m. Monday,  Nov. 18, 2013, and updated thereafter.