Family and friends are fearful for the wellbeing of a missing Connecticut woman who disappeared in the midst of a bitter custody battle over her five children.
50-year-old Jennifer Dulos was reported missing On May 25th. According to the New Canaan Police Department, the missing mom was last seen driving a black 2017 Chevrolet Suburban.
New Canaan Police provided an update on Tuesday.
“The vehicle operated by Jennifer was located on Friday, May 24th. The reason a vehicle description was given in the most recent post was to provide the public with a description of the vehicle that Jennifer was operating on Friday, May 24th.”
In light of this disturbing discovery, search efforts have been ramped up.
“Search efforts intensified for a missing Connecticut mother who disappeared over Memorial Day Weekend in the midst of a two-year custody battle with her ex-husband over their five children.
The Connecticut Post reports that New Canaan police and state troopers “used trained dogs to scour a wooded area surrounding Dulos’ home” on Tuesday.
Jennifer and her husband, Fotis Dulos, have been embroiled in their divorce battle for two years, with over 500 court documents filed during the protracted proceedings.
“In court documents filed by Mrs. Dulos, Mr. Dulos threatened to ‘take all of the children, disappear’ and ‘you will never find us.’”
“In 2017, Jennifer Dulos was denied an order for full custody due to lack of showing an immediate & present risk of danger.”
Mr. Dulos was also facing legal woes related to his construction business.
Fox61 reports, “According to court records, the husband of Jennifer Dulos was facing a number of lawsuits in connection with the construction of a home and a protracted custody battle that began on two years ago and is still not resolved.”
The couple reportedly resided together with their children during this time - until Jennifer “abruptly took the kids and moved to a rental home in New Canaan, the Connecticut Post reported, citing a court order.”
Although the couple is fighting over myriad issues, the one on the forefront is the custody of their children - three boys and two girls, ages 8-13.
The couple was scheduled to appear in court on May 29th but that hearing has been postponed, pending news of Mrs. Dulos’ status.
"In a statement to Fox61, family members and friends of Jennifer Dulos said they were 'heartbroken' over the news of Jennifer's disappearance, but are hopeful that she will return, safe.
"They also thanked law enforcement and the community, particularly New Canaan Country School where the children attend, for the support."