Police Receive Hundreds of Tips in Missing CT Mom Case - NECN

Police Receive Hundreds of Tips in Missing CT Mom Case

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    New Details in Search For Missing Mom

    A worker inside the MIRA trash facility in Hartford tells NBC Connecticut that more than two-dozen state troopers were inside the facility on Thursday searching for evidence in the Jennifer Dulos case in piles of garbage.

    (Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)

    Police are also continuing to search through mountains of trash in Hartford as they continue to investigate what happened to 50-year-old Jennifer Dulos. She disappeared two weeks ago.

    State police also remain at the Farmington home of Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of a missing New Canaan mother of five, after obtaining search warrants.

    Jennifer Dulos was last seen on the morning of May 24 when she dropped her children off at New Canaan Country School, and New Canaan police said Thursday they have received more than 225 tips regarding her disappearance and nearly 70 people have responded to their request for surveillance video.

    Police have been searching day and night for Jennifer Dulos and court documents say they found blood in her garage when they went to her home after she was reported missing. They also found “evidence of attempts to clean the crime scene.”

    Police have made two arrests in connection with the missing person case. Her estranged husband, 51-year-old Fotis Dulos, and his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have both been been charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the first degree in connection to the missing person case. Fotis remains in police custody and has been ordered to have no contact with Jennifer’s family or his children.

    New Canaan police said search warrants have been served on properties owned by Fotis Dulos.

    READ THE COURT DOCUMENTS IN THE CASE

    An NBC Connecticut crew near Fotis Dulos’ home on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington Wednesday night reported at least six police vehicles at the residence as well as several state police detectives with K9s.

    State police confirmed they also searched a property at 61 Sturbridge Hill Road in New Canaan.

    Police are not releasing details of the searches.

    According to court documents, surveillance cameras picked up video of a pickup similar to one owned by Fotis Dulos, that shows the truck stopping more than 30 times over a four-mile stretch of Albany Avenue in Hartford and a man putting garbage in trash cans. The documents also say that state police found several bags they say contained clothing and a kitchen sponge that were covered in Jennifer Dulos’ blood.

    State Police have also been searching at Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority in Hartford for evidence in the disappearance. In a news release issued Wednesday night, they said that they will “continue to diligently comb through mountains of trash at the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority in Hartford for evidence in search of evidence pertaining to the investigation.”

    A worker inside the facility told NBC Connecticut that as of Thursday afternoon there were more than two dozen state troopers inside the building continuing to search through the garbage.

    As the search for Jennifer continues, her mother, Gloria Farber, has filed for custody of Jennifer and Fotis’ five children but no change was made in custody during a status conference Wednesday.

    A hearing will be scheduled on custody.

    On Thursday the attorney representing Fotis Dulos in the divorce and custody dispute filed a motion to withdraw from the case.

    The motion, filed Thursday by attorney Michael Rose, states that considerations other than compensation will prevent the firm from continuing to represent Fotis.

    The head of school at New Canaan Country School released a statement on Thursday.

    "As a school that believes deeply in the sanctity of childhood and as a tight-knit community of people who believe in our common humanity, we are heartbroken about Jennifer Dulos’s disappearance. We know Jennifer as a devoted mother, a dedicated member of our parent community and an active volunteer. Over the last two years, she had a daily presence on campus, and her kindness and warmth have been palpable to everyone who has come into contact with her. We continue to support the five beautiful Dulos children, who are beloved members of the New Canaan Country School community, along with all of our NCCS community during this unbearably difficult time. We thank the news media for helping us to protect the privacy of our students and focus on their school activities during this time when routine and normalcy is so vitaL," Head of School Aaron Cooper, New Canaan Country School, said in a statement.