State Police Take Over Search for Wealthy Easton Couple

State police have taken over the search for a wealthy Connecticut couple who disappeared a week after losing an appeal over more than $2 million they owe in debt.

Jeanette Navin, 55, and Jeffrey Navin, 56, of Easton, have been missing since Aug. 4. Relatives reported them missing three days later.

Although there has been no sign of the missing couple, investigators found their truck abandoned on Sunday, Aug. 9 in a commuter lot near exit 42 off the Merritt Parkway. Police said one of the windows was broken.

Jeffrey Navin is president of Westport waste management company J&J Refuse, while Jeanette Navin works as a school library aide in Weston. State court records show Jeffrey Navin was $2.2 million in debt as of December in connection with a mortgage on a $900,000 Guilford home, but relatives said there are no indications financial issues factored into their disappearance.

"We are shocked and saddened at the unexpected disappearance of Jeff and Jeanette Navin. There are no words to describe the impact this has had on their parents, siblings, and children," family members said in a statement. "We wish only for their safe return and we ask for anyone who has seen either of them since Tuesday, August 4th, to contact the Easton police."

Easton Police Chief Tim Shaw said that although the couple often travels, the fact that they have gone so long without contacting anyone is unusual.

Police are searching the car for clues and looking into the Navins' careers. They are also looking into their financials and social media activity, according to Shaw.

The Bridgeport state's attorney has asked the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad to take over the investigation.

State police said they have not determined there is any criminal aspect to the case. It's standard procedure to take on this type of work when local law enforcement agencies are not equipped.

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