Community saddened as search for missing CT woman continues

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Residents of New Canaan so saddened by the prolonged search for the missing Connecticut mother, 50-year-old Jennifer Dulos.

It is Day 6 and police continued to search 300-a re waveny park with dogs, drones and choppers after the mother of five disappeared last Friday once she had dropped her children off at school. Her empty Chevy suburban was found later that day in Waveny Park.

“It is heartbreaking,” Asa Gray, a former New Canaan resident, told PIX11 News.

“It is so sad,” Heather Harper, another New Canaan resident, told PIX11. “ It really hits home. We are such a family-oriented community,” she added.

Jennifer and her estranged husband Fotis Dulos had been locked in a contentious custody battle over their five children, ages 8 to 13 including two sets of twins.

In the divorce filed in 2017 Jennifer asked for emergency custody, saying she feared for the safety of her children. She said her Greek-born husband, whom she met when they were both undergrads at Brown, had bought a gun and had threatened to take the children overseas to Greece: “I am afraid of my husband. I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”

“Jennifer is an incredibly kind, gentle, gracious and wonderful person,”Carrie Luft, Jennifer’s friend, said.

Dulos moved herself and her five children to this rented house in New Canaan.

The children are now living with their maternal grandmother on fifth avenue in Manhattan with an armed guard.

“Horrific,” Abby Dees, a visitor to New York standing in front of the apartment where the children are staying, told PIX11 News. “The woman said she feared for life and that had gig be to taken seriously,” Dees added.

The Connecticut Coalition against Donestic Violence issued this statement: "The CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is deeply saddened and concerned to learn of the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos in New Canaan last week and we remain hopeful that she will be found safe. While news reports have offered the idea that this circumstance is a result of a custody dispute, there is more than sufficient detail in court documents to authentically describe this situation for what it is; domestic violence."

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