Children died from stab wounds
The three children apparently killed by their father had been stabbed to death, detectives have confirmed.
The bodies of Sam Fuller, 12, and his sisters Becka, aged eight, and seven-year-old Charlotte were discovered by police on Monday at a beauty spot in Shropshire after they had been reported missing.
The body of their father, Ceri Fuller, 35, was found nearby at Poles Coppice on Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury.
It is believed Mr Fuller, from Milkwall, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, fell to his death from a nearby quarry.
His post-mortem examination is to be carried out later by a Home Office pathologist but police said his children had died from stab wounds.
On Tuesday, the children's mother, Ruth Fuller, who had been married to the university graduate for nearly three years, said she could not put her pain into words. "I don't have the words to describe how I feel at the moment. All I would ask is that I be left alone to grieve for my family," Mrs Fuller said.
Her father-in-law David Fuller, from Hereford, said their families were devastated by the tragedy. "Ceri was a gentle, sensitive and intelligent man but also a very private one. He loved his children dearly and they were such a focal point of his life," Mr Fuller said.
"His relationship with each one of them was one of gentleness, involvement and attentive nurturing. Sam, Rebecca and Charlie were such charming individuals, brought up in an environment of love.
"We cannot begin to imagine what was going through the mind of this gentle man to drive him to such tragic actions. We would ask all to respect our privacy at this time while we try to come to terms with this terrible loss."
West Mercia Police recovered a knife from the scene and said one line of inquiry was that Mr Fuller killed the children before taking his own life.