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UPDATED: Four Found Dead in Arlington Home

Police speak outside 45-47 Newland Road on Monday afternoon. The murders reportedly took place in 45 Newland. Photo credit: John Waller.
Police speak outside 45-47 Newland Road on Monday afternoon. The murders reportedly took place in 45 Newland. Photo credit: John Waller.
UPDATED at 7:10 p.m.: Authorities identify deceased in Newland Road home >>

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By John Waller and Les Masterson

Four people were found dead in a Newland Road home by Arlington Police at about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The four victims include two infants under the age of 1. District Attorney Marian Ryan did not provide more information about the victims until the next of kin is notified.

Police discovered the bodies during a well being check call Monday afternoon.

The couple who own the first-floor condo at 45 Newland Road were reportedly going through a “nasty divorce,” according to a family member who talked to Channel 4.

There were reports that the victims were slashed, but District Attorney Ryan declined to comment on the weapon used. 

The DA called the murders “very troubling, very tragic situation.”

Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan called the incident “very troubling” – especially with an elementary school nearby. He added that there are no public risks at the moment.

“There is no risk of public safety at this time. We’re certain the community is safe and people can go out their business this evening,” he said.

Investigators spent Monday afternoon going in and out of the Newland Road home with white cloth booties over their shoes so they wouldn’t disturb the crime scene.

The home is a gray two-family with red and white trim in the Peirce School neighborhood. Newland Road is a quiet, hilly road that is a mix of one- and two-family homes. Neighbors described the street as one in which people help one another.

Neighbor Joe Hersey told reporters, "It's shocking. It's a very quiet neighborhood."

Neighbor Amy Iannelli said she walks her dogs past the house every day and hasn’t seen any police activity there before today.

“To think that kids were in the house is heartbreaking,” she said.

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Here is the timeline of Patch's reporting Monday afternoon:

UPDATED at 4:20 p.m.: Speaking to the media during a press conference, District Attorney Marian Ryan called the murders a “very troubling, very tragic situation.”

She said it’s very early in the investigation and declined to say what type of weapon was used in the murders.

She said the two young victims in the murders are under 1, but declined to provide any other information about the victims in the case.

The DA added that they are still trying to reach next of kin before releasing more information.

Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan called the incident “very troubling” – especially with an elementary school nearby. He added that there are no public risks at the moment.

“There is no risk of public safety at this time. We’re certain the community is safe and people can go out their business this evening,” he said.

UPDATED at 4:04 p.m.: Channel 7 is reporting guns were "not involved" in the murders and that "apparently the victims had been slashed."

The four people who are reportedly dead are the husband, wife and two infant boys. 

UPDATED at 4:01 p.m.: Channel 4 is reporting that they spoke to a family member who said the couple who lived at the residence had been going through a "nasty divorce." 

UPDATED at 3:34 p.m.: The media is waiting for the press conference. The hold up appears to be that authorities are trying to track down the next of kin.

UPDATED at 2:49 p.m.: 
District Attorney Marian Ryan, Arlington Police and State Police have been going in and out of the residence. Investigators entering the first-floor residence have been wearing white cloth booties over their shoes. 

UPDATED at 2:38 p.m.: 
Officials said they are notifying the next of kin and then will hold press conference at the scene with the district attorney. 

UPDATED at 2:24 p.m.: 
District Attorney Marian Ryan has arrived at the scene.

UPDATED at 2:12 p.m.: 
Neighbor Amy Iannelli said she walks her dogs past the house every day and hasn’t seen any police activity there before today.

She said it’s a wonderful neighborhood and people help each other. 

“To think that kids were in the house is heartbreaking,” she said.

UPDATED at 2:05 p.m.: Police reportedly visited home and discovered bodies during well being check on Monday afternoon.

UPDATED at 2 p.m.: 
District Attorney Marian Ryan is headed to the scene. A media briefing is expected at 2:15 p.m.

UPDATED at 1:57 p.m.: 
A Robocall was placed to Arlington residents to inform them of the incident. 

UPDATED at 1:51 p.m.: 
Police Capt. Richard Flynn confirmed two victims are children, but declined to say whether they're infants. 

UPDATED at 1:48 p.m.:
Neighbor Joe Hersey told reporters, "It's shocking. It's a very quiet neighborhood."

"It's very sad," said Lisa Hersey.

Newland Road is not far from Peirce Elementary School. 

UPDATED at 1:42 p.m.: 
Newland Road is closed from Blossom Street to Bow Street. 

The medial examiner has not arrived yet, but State Police are at the scene. 

Arlington Police arrived at the scene at about 1 p.m.

UPDATED at 1:30 pm.:
Arlington Police Capt. Richard Flynn said a staging area is being set up on Newland Road. Mass State Police have been contacted to assist with the investigation.

Original article posted to 1:23 p.m.:
Two adults and two infants were found dead in an apartment at 45 Newland Road by an au pair Monday, Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan has told WCVB.

Ryan said the deaths are being investigated as homicides.

Check back with Arlington Patch for updates as soon as they become available.

Hokey Wolf November 18, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Prayers for these poor folks
Susan Ruderman November 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Terribly tragic.
Melissa Rose Cameron November 18, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Does anyone know where we can watch the medi briefing?
Les Masterson (Editor) November 18, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I don't know of any media going live. We're on the scene and will report as soon as we can.
Les Masterson (Editor) November 18, 2013 at 02:33 PM
FYI... Channel 4 is likely going live.
Mandy Donovan November 18, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Thanks for being there Patch. This is scary.
Eileen November 18, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Channel 5 WCVB just aired breaking news regarding this so I assume they will cover the briefing.
Dee Biggles November 18, 2013 at 02:43 PM
John and Les, Thank you for being there. This is why we need local news like Patch.
Really! November 18, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Watching live (raw) streaming video now on wcvb.com. <http://livewire.wcvb.com/Event/WCVB_NewsCenter_5_Reporters_Meteorologists_on_Twitter>
Les Masterson (Editor) November 18, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Thank you, Dee.
Hokey Wolf November 18, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Yes Thank you Les , good journalistic work , tough subject matter but you got story . Not Just copy and paste like another site.. Thank you for keeping us updated ...
robbinsfarm November 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
very very sad and yes thank you Les Masterson. It's a very tough day in my hometown of Arlington.
Les Masterson (Editor) November 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Thank you, Hokey and robbinsfarm.
Heather B November 18, 2013 at 05:02 PM
What cowards to do something so terrible to precious babies! May those sweet babies rest in peace and I hope whoever did this rots in hell.
Zoltan November 18, 2013 at 05:24 PM
According to a neighbor interviewed on FOX 25, APD had been to the home in the past because the husband was threatening to commit suicide.
Kris Tina November 18, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Unfortunately it is not uncommon when husbands kill their entire family during a divorce. Divorce brings out the worst in already unstable people with anger issues and makes them spiral down fueled by hate.
Marti Meyers Gaibl November 18, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Sounds like a murder suicide if there not looking for a suspect and no danger in the neighborhood
Stephen November 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I can't imagine what would bring anyone to do something this horrific except to say mental health issues have become the largest societal problem of our times.
Hokey Wolf November 18, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Hi Les and John again Thank you for your reporting on this very tough story. Do you think there is a way we could hold some type of vigil for these poor babies and their mother? How does one go about holding one?
Wind Dummy 25 November 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Someone must have seen this brewing if a wellness call was made. Damn who is so soulless to murder babies in a situation like this. That's some kind of evil fueled rage.
Hokey Wolf November 19, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Great Job Done By our public safety people . Most have kids and it is a tough thing to view. Hats off to them. Is there anyway we can get the media (meaning TV Trucks and reporters ) away for there . The Peirce school is right there and its bad enough the kids had to see it yesterday but then again they have to see first thing this AM on their way to school. Get them out of there and let those people in that neighborhood to heal. I am speaking to the fact I have a relative who lives a few houses away from there.
the duke November 19, 2013 at 08:29 AM
better get the pic of the ex husband out if has not been caught yet...why give him time to run...?
Jane Doh November 19, 2013 at 09:25 AM
?? The estranged husband is dead. Murder-suicide. That's why APD has said that there are no suspects on the loose, and no reason for residents to feel unsafe.
Marti Meyers Gaibl November 20, 2013 at 07:55 AM
How come no pictures have been posted of Scott Jones?

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