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Sam And Amy Friedlander And Two Children Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

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CROSS RIVER, N.Y. — A family of four was found dead in their sprawling home in an affluent New York City suburb after what appeared to be a murder-suicide, state police said.

The bodies of Amy and Sam Friedlander and their children, 8-year-old Gregory and 10-year-old Molly, were discovered in their four-bedroom Colonial-style house in Cross River on Tuesday afternoon, according to police Maj. Michael Kopy.

Sources tell CBS Sam Friedlander is likely responsible for the murder-suicide.

Cops arrived around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to WABC-TV, after getting a call to check in on one of the Friedlanders. The officer who arrived entered the home and immediately saw two of the bodies. He called for backup. It was then that the two other bodies were discovered.

Sources tell WABC-TV that the couple was in the middle of a bitter divorce and had placed their house on the market. No reports of domestic violence had been logged by local police, the station reported.

The neighborhood, called Michelle Estates, was developed by financier Carl Icahn and has homes valued at around $800,000 to $1 million, the Journal News reported. The Friedlanders' home is listed for sale at $799,000.

The couples' wedding announcement said Sam was an associate counsel of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Manhattan. He graduated from Skidmore College and received a law degree from Western New England College, according to LoHud.com.

A wedding announcement also listed the former Amy Jo Perez, 46, as a Cornell and University of Pennsylvania-educated banker who once worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in Manhattan. LoHud.com reports that currently she was a partner in John Jay Prep, an academic and college test prep tutoring service.

The Lewisboro school district said the children attended its elementary school.

Lewisboro Police Chief Frank Secret said he knew of no reports of domestic violence.

"This is devastating in our community," he said. "This is something we are not used to."