updated 5/1/2006 4:57:58 PM ET 2006-05-01T20:57:58

Four-year-old twins drowned in their family’s swimming pool, which was filled with water so murky that rescuers had to probe it with poles to find the bodies, authorities said Monday.

Ahmad and Isha Faniel had gone missing from their family’s home Sunday night after they fell asleep in a television room near their mother, Police Chief Thomas Kraemer said.

When Jacqueline Faniel awoke and couldn’t find her son and daughter, she called family and friends to help her search for them.

She later notified authorities and rescuers who arrived at the scene began to pump the murky water from the pool. Others began poking at the pool’s bottom with poles — leading to the discovery of the children, Kraemer said.

The children were pulled from the water, but both died at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

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