NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – A desperate search is underway for a missing woman in Connecticut.

Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen last Friday in New Canaan.

A New York State Police helicopter took off from the grass in Waveny Park, helping Connecticut authorities search for Dulos. The police are searching a tranquil park in the New Canaan for her.

“A large police presence I noticed on the way in,” said park goer Elizabeth Chatsworth. “Terrible all around. I hope they find her safe and sound.

Police believe she was driving a 2017 black Chevrolet Suburban to drop off her kids at school last Friday. Later that night, investigators say they found the empty car near Waveny Park.

Police would not comment on published reports that the 50-year-old mom was in a bitter custody battle since filing for divorce from her husband in 2017.

Investigators say, as with any missing persons case, they’re also trying to determine if she’s a victim of foul play.

Her family and friends released a statement saying in part “Those who know Jennifer know her to be a devoted mother; an extremely thoughtful, reliable, and organized woman; and can attest that she would never, ever disappear when she is responsible for the lives of five loving and energetic children.”

Statement from the Family and Friends of Jennifer Farber Dulos

Since learning of the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, our beloved daughter, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend, we have been heartbroken; at the same time, we are moved and inspired by the support, assistance, concern, and love extended by so many.

We remain hopeful that Jennifer will be found soon, and we urge anyone with information, however seemingly insignificant, to call the New Canaan Police Tip Line at 203-594-3544. Jennifer was last seen in New Canaan, the morning of Friday, May 24, 2019, operating a black 2017 Chevy Suburban. Jennifer is 50 years of age, very slender, 5’7”, with a soft voice, dark brown eyes, and shoulder-length brown hair. 

Those who know Jennifer know her to be a devoted mother; an extremely thoughtful, reliable, and organized woman; and attest that she would never, ever, disappear when she is responsible for the lives of five loving and energetic children. Jennifer is gentle, kind, intelligent, and funny, and above all she prioritizes the health and happiness of her children. She and the children have been embraced by the New Canaan Country School community, where they have made good friends and are active in athletics and arts.

Before living in New Canaan, Jennifer and her family resided in Farmington, where she was a beloved class parent among the Renbrook School community. We are touched by the outpouring of support from friends and colleagues in Farmington, Avon, and West Hartford.

We express our sincere thanks to the law enforcement officers in both New Canaan and the Connecticut State Police. We are also deeply grateful to the New Canaan Country School for their incredible outpouring of support and care during this extremely difficult time.

Please join us in seeking Jennifer’s safe return as soon as possible. Again, do not hesitate to share any information, however small, with the New Canaan Police Tip Line at 203-594-3544. 

They say she and her family used to live in Farmington, Conn., before moving 70 miles south to New Canaan.

At their home earlier Wednesday, a lone police car sat in the driveway. In town, locals hope investigators quickly find her.

“These things don’t happen around here, right? That’s what’s striking,” Darien resident Racheal Palacios told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.

“I think it’s tragic,” said Anne Marie Oh of Wilton, Conn. “They said she’s been missing since Friday, so that’s not a good sign.”

Loved ones call Dulos a beloved daughter, mother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend, and they remain hopeful she’ll be found soon.

Anyone who had contact with her on Friday or has information about her disappearance is asked to call the New Canaan Police Tip Line at 203-594-3544.

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