PENNS GROVE — Family members and police have identified the three individuals found dead inside an apartment on Wednesday as a mother and her two children.

Their bodies were found at the Penns Grove apartments when police performed a wellness check following the discovery of a man's body in a wooded area along Sportsman Road in Carneys Point, according to Salem County Prosecutor John Lenahan.

Lenahan identified the man as Eugenio Severino and said he committed suicide by hanging.

Lenahan identified the victims in the apartment as Ruth Reyes Severino, 30, and her young children, 5-year-old Euriany Severino and 2-year-old Eury Severino. They were stabbed multiple times and their deaths ruled a homicide, Lenahan said.

Ruth Reyes Severino had a restraining order against Eugenio Severino, police told CBS Philly, but Lenahan did not reveal a motive for the stabbings or who stabbed them

Lenahan would not confirm the relationship between Eugenio Severino and Ruth Reyes Severino. Family members told 6 ABC Action News they were married and he was the father of both children.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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