#missingkids | Mystery in a Wealthy Town: She Dropped Off Her Children, Then Went Missing

[The latest: The estranged husband of Ms. Dulos was arrested.]

Last Friday, as she had many times before, Jennifer Dulos dropped her five children off at school.

She left her house in New Canaan, Conn., where she and her family had moved during a turbulent divorce battle with her husband, and drove less than a mile to a private school, the police said.

She has not been seen since.

A week after Ms. Dulos was reported missing, the search for her intensified and expanded across Connecticut, with investigators still trying to determine whether Ms. Dulos, 50, was the victim of foul play.

At the same time, the custody battle between Ms. Dulos and her husband, Fotis Dulos, continued in court, with Mr. Dulos claiming in a filing this week that their five children were being kept under armed guard at their grandmother’s apartment in New York.

Even with Ms. Dulos missing, the legal battle has continued. On Tuesday, Mr. Dulos’s lawyer, Michael Rose, filed a petition seeking to take custody of the couple’s three sons and two daughters.

In a letter to the court, Mr. Rose said the children, who are 8 to 13 years old, had been taken to Ms. Dulos’s mother’s apartment in New York City, where they were being watched by an armed guard.

Ms. Dulos’s mother, Gloria Farber, could not be reached for comment. But in a statement released through a spokesman, Ms. Dulos’s family said: “Please be assured that Jennifer’s five children are safe and well cared for.”

Mr. Rose and a lawyer representing Ms. Dulos, Wayne D. Effron, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In addition to the divorce proceedings, Mr. Dulos, who runs a company that builds luxury homes, was embroiled in a lawsuit with the estate of Ms. Dulos’s deceased father, Hilliard Farber.

According to a lawsuit filed by Ms. Farber on behalf of the estate, Mr. Farber, who died in 2017, provided loans to Mr. Dulos so he could buy and flip properties through his company, the Fore Group.

Mr. Dulos had failed to pay back $1.7 million in loans, according to court documents.

Richard P. Weinstein, a lawyer for Mr. Farber’s estate, declined to comment.

With Ms. Dulos now missing for a week, the police have widened the area of their search in recent days.

On Friday, in addition to returning to Waveny Park, state police detectives began investigating parts of Hartford, Conn., about 10 miles from Mr. Dulos’s home in Farmington, according to the Connecticut State Police.

One day earlier, investigators had also expanded their search for Ms. Dulos to a home in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Lieutenant Ferraro would not provide a specific location, but public records showed that Ms. Dulos’s parents own a home in Pound Ridge.

“We’re running a missing persons investigation as well as a criminal investigation at the same time,” Lieutenant Ferraro said. “As those investigations expand and get more involved, obviously we’re looking at different leads.”

Susan Beachy contributed research.

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