The desperate search for a Connecticut mother of five who had disappeared without a trace, continued on Thursday when family revealed that her children had her & # 39; terrible & # 39; missed.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen on Friday morning in the rich town of New Canaan when she let her children go to school.
Dulos has been locked up in a nasty custody battle with her estranged husband Fotis Dulos, 51 for the last two years.
Her five children, ranging in age from eight to thirteen, would be under armed surveillance in her mother's home in New York City.
The desperate search for the missing Connecticut mother of five, Jennifer Dulos, 50, went on when family revealed that her children had her & # 39; terrible & # 39; missed
Dulos has been locked up in the mean custody battle with her estranged husband Fotis Dulos, 51, (right) for the past two years
& # 39; They miss their mother terribly, but they do just as well under the circumstances as you could & # 39 ;, family spokesperson Carrie Luft told ABC news.
& # 39; It's a devastating, heartbreaking situation. We are all very worried, but very hopeful she will come back to us safely and healthily. & # 39;
The authorities revealed on Wednesday that a criminal investigation is being conducted to determine whether Dulos was the victim of & # 39; cheating or intentional damage & # 39 ;.
Friends of Dulos describe her as an & # 39; incredibly dedicated mother & # 39; who would never leave her children voluntarily.
& # 39; She is the most reliable and conscientious person I know, & # 39; Luft said. & # 39; She's never late for anything, she shows up early for everything in her life. & # 39;
& # 39; She is engaged in the lives of her children. They form her entire world. & # 39;
Friends reported that Dulos was missing on Friday night after they had not heard from her for 10 hours and discovered that she had missed several appointments that day.
Authorities found the Dulos car, a black Chevrolet Suburban 2017, near Waveny Park, about a mile from her home in New Canaan.
Detectives shifted their search on Wednesday to the 300-hectare park, with a K-9 officer and a police drone through a wooded area, a pond and a corn field.
The search unfolded following allegations in legal documents relating to Dulos' two-year custody battle with Fotis after she filed a divorce in 2017.
Dulos was last seen on Friday morning in the rich town of New Canaan when she let her children go to school
A hearing on the & # 39; safety of the children & # 39; after a motion was submitted by the court-appointed guardian, it was scheduled for Wednesday. It was postponed because the family continued to struggle with the disappearance of Dulos.
The lawyer of Fotis, Michael Rose, has since asked a judge to grant him custody. Rose claims that the children of Dulos are armed vigilant in her mother's house in New York City.
Since then, it has been announced that Dulos's mother also fought Fotis in the courtroom and claimed that he owed her $ 2.5 million in real estate loans.
Dulos claimed that Fotis was verbally rude to her and said that he & # 39; irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior & # 39; had been exhibited, according to a certified declaration of divorce proceedings by Stamford Advocate.
& # 39; I'm scared of my husband & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; I know filing divorce and filing this motion will make him angry. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way. & # 39;
& # 39; In the course of our marriage he told me about nauseating revenge fantasies and plans to inflict physical harm on others who have wronged him. & # 39;
& # 39; I am afraid of my safety and the physical safety and emotional well-being of our minor children. & # 39;
In August 2017, Dulos claimed that Fotis had almost hit her with his car in her driveway for their children and her & # 39; crazy & # 39; called.
& # 39; Why don't you stop another pill, & # 39; he said, according to the court. & # 39; You should be put in a madhouse. You are an unsuitable mother. & # 39;
He would also have told her: & # 39; I can do whatever I want. You do not have a restraining order. & # 39;
Fotis and Dulos have twin boys, a twin sister and girl and a daughter. The children are between the ages of eight and thirteen.
After filing a divorce, Dulos and her children moved from the family's luxury home in Farmington (photo) to a home she rented in New Canaan in June 2017.
Dulos' mother claimed in court that Fotis no longer paid the mortgage on the couple's six-bedroom Farmington house, although he continued to live in the residence and ran his business from there. The house is now on the market for $ 4.35 million
Dulos filed an urgent order for full custody of her children in July 2017, saying she feared her estranged husband would abduct their children.
& # 39; I believe he is very capable and vengeful enough to take the children and disappear, & # 39; she wrote in the submission. Her request was rejected.
Dulos claimed that Fotis had threatened to & # 39; all children & # 39; to take and & # 39; disappear & # 39; in his native Greece or another country. She claimed that he told her that you will never find us.
In one application, Dulos claimed that Fotis had applied for Greek passports for themselves and their five children, according to the Hartford Courant.
The couple were both required to convert their US passports as part of their temporary custody agreement.
Dulos also claimed that Fotis was obsessed with water skiing during their wedding and insisted that their children train to become world-class water skiers.
She claimed that he put them on a & # 39; dangerous and excessive & # 39; training regiment, which sometimes caused them to practice up to 11 hours a day.
Fotis reportedly threw a ski against a rock and broke it when one of his children refused to train one day.
& # 39; We are all scared to disobey my husband & # 39 ;, Dulos wrote in the affidavit.
Dulos said her children wanted to stop water skiing and beg for help. She also claims the training was so intense that it caused one of her son serious problems with his mental health.
She mentioned this while noticing that Fotis had bought a gun that he had kept in the house.
& # 39; I'm terrified of the safety of my family, especially since I discovered the gun, since my husband has a history of controlling, fleeting, and delusional, & she said.
& # 39; I'm afraid one of the kids will find it, especially in light of my concerns with our son. & # 39;
Dulos' mother fought Fotis in court and claimed that he owed $ 2.5 million in real estate loans
Dulos claimed that Fotis had threatened to & # 39; all children & # 39; to take and & # 39; disappear & # 39; in his native Greece or another country. She claimed he had told her that you will never find us
Dulos claimed that Fotis was obsessed with water skiing during their wedding and urged their children to become world-class skaters
Fotis later turned the gun to the Farmington police department.
After filing a divorce, Dulos and her children moved from the family's million-dollar home in Farmington to a home she rented in New Canaan in June 2017.
Fotis still lives in Farmington's home, where he operates his real estate development company The Fore Group.
For more than ten years, the Dulos family has been lending money to Fotis for his business, according to legal documents.
Her father, the late Hilliard Farber, would borrow money from Fotis so that he could buy houses to build luxury houses. After he sold the houses, he repaid Farber.
The spouses of Dulos & # 39; mother Gloria and Hilliard claim that Fotis has since stopped paying back their loans, claiming he owes them more than $ 2.5 million.
They also claim that Fotis has stopped paying the mortgage on the couple's six-bedroom Farmington home, which was guaranteed by Hilliard and Farber. The house is now for sale for $ 4.35 million.
On Wednesday, the police shifted their search to the 300-hectare Waveny Park (photo). Dulos's car was found near the park, which is about a mile from her house
Missing Dulos was last seen Friday with a black Chevrolet Suburban from 2017, similar to this one
Dulos said she and Fotis had previously agreed that they would get a divorce and she and the children would move to her mother's house in Pound Ridge, New York, while staying in Farmington's house.
But Dulos said that Fotis, who she said was cheating, told her that he was planning to bring his new partner and daughter to the house – although the court banned exposure to romantic partners as part of Dulos's temporary custody agreement.
She also said that, around the same time, Dulos would switch between & # 39; tell me that our marriage is over and threaten me that he will never allow me to divorce him & # 39 ;.
After Fotis allowed his Argentinian lover to stay in the Farmington home, the judge began to restrict his access to the children of the Dulos.
& # 39; Given the close bond between all five children, the court believes that it is very likely that all five children were adversely affected by the breakdown of their parents' marriage, the suspect's relationship with his Argentinian lover and the pressure that the defendant has placed on them to lie, & the judge wrote.
Authorities revealed on Wednesday that a criminal investigation is being conducted to determine whether Dulos was the victim of & # 39; cheating or intentional damage & # 39;
Detectives shifted their search for the 300-acre Waveny Prk on Wednesday, scouring a wooded area, pond and corn field with K-9 officers and a police drone
Authorities found the Dulos car, a black Chevrolet Suburban 2017, near Waveny Park, about 1.5 km from her home in New Canaan.
A guardian appointed by the court advised that Fotis has limited access to his children and that all visits are supervised and all telephone conversations are recorded.
In January 2018, the court suspended the telephone privileges of Fotis with his children after he cried during a conversation with them.
Dulos is a journalist and writer who graduates from Brown University and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
& # 39; If Jennifer is somehow able to see this, I just want to say that we love you and we will bring you home safely, & # 39; Luft said.
& # 39; We are all in the same situation of not knowing, but hoping and wishing and praying, & # 39; she added.
& # 39; Those thoughts and energy are incredibly important and I want everyone there to know that family and friends are incredibly grateful for that support. & # 39;
Anyone who has been in contact with Jennifer Dulos on Friday, May 24, 2019 or has information about her disappearance, calls the New Canaan Police Tip Line on 203-594-3544.
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