#MISSING COUPLE: Jeffrey, 56 and Jeanette Navin, 55 - Easton, CONNECTICUT (Car was found in a park-n-ride off Exit 42 of the Merritt Parkway in Westport on Aug. 9th)
An affluent Connecticut couple disappeared a week after losing an appeal over more than $2.2 million they owe in debt, according to court records.
Jeffrey Navin, 56, and Jeanette Navin, 55, were reported missing by relatives on Aug. 7, three days after they were last seen near their home in Easton, about 65 miles north of midtown Manhattan, police said.
The couple's car was found in a park-n-ride off Exit 42 of the Merritt Parkway in Westport on Aug. 9, police said.
The Navins could be on vacation because they travel often, Easton Police Chief Tim Shaw told reporters Tuesday. But they usually tell their relatives they're leaving, and authorities expected them to return home over the weekend.
He said police did not suspect foul play in the disappearance of Jeffrey, who runs a sanitation company in Westport, and Jeanette, who works as a paraprofessional at Weston Intermediate School's library.
A week before their disappearance, a judge denied the Navins' second motion to appeal in a foreclosure case worth millions with HSBC Bank USA, court records show.
HSBC filed the suit in 2007 after the couple allegedly failed to pay a cent on their $1.3 million mortgage on another house in Guilford, the Hartford Courantreported.
The debt on the 8,265-square-foot house -- which has six bedrooms and a 10-acre wooded property, according to real estate site Zillow -- nearly doubled by December 2014 to a whopping $2.2 million.
The case is still pending but is not the only one against the Navins for debt.
In November, a power company claimed Jeffrey owed $139,000 in unpaid electric fees for the same house, court records show. A judge ordered him to pay it back in weekly installments of $35.
The couple sold a house in 2012 to resolve another foreclosure filed by OCWEN Financial Corp. in 1999, according to records. The sale was linked to a 2002 civil case involving Jeffrey and Essex Savings Bank, although the details of that case were not immediately available.
But relatives denied Thursday morning that the couple's money problems caused them to go missing, noting their bank accounts are "untouched" during this "overwhelming and troubling time."
"Financial issues recently reported by the media have not been proven to be a factor for our family members' disappearance," the family said in a statement.
"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. We wish only for their safe return."
Shaw told the Daily News Thursday that he could not comment "on anything as far as financial records go."
"We're investigating everything that we can," Shaw said.
The couple earned up to $216,000 a year, according to Nexis Lexis records. The Navins also moved into a custom-built 4,000-square-foot house in Westport in 1994 and sold it for $900,000 in June, records show. They soon began renting a home in Easton, where the median household income is $142,000 -- double the state average.
Jeffrey's company, J&J Refuse, began with "one man in a truck in 1985 and has been growing ever since," according to its website. It does not appear to be one of the municipality's vendors, according to town financial records.
Jeanette is a "beloved employee" for the Weston Public Schools district, where she has worked for 18 years, Superintendent Colleen Palmer said in an email to staff Tuesday.
The Navins' longtime attorney, Kenneth Davis, said he hasn't seen them in about a month and that he doubts their debt would lead to physical harm against them.
"I'm in the dark just like everybody is," he told the Courant. "I just hope they're all right."
Anyone with any information that might help police is asked to call them at 203-268-4111.