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The lawyer representing Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband is once again referencing his controversial “Gone Girl” theory — only now he claims he has proof that the missing mother of five is still alive.
Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, filed yet another motion requesting access to the missing woman’s medical records on Friday, alleging that a recent medical bill his client received shows that she visited a doctor in July — nearly a month and a half after she vanished, the Hartford Courant reports.
Pattis wants the court to force insurance provider Anthem Blue Cross to turn over all copies of medical records for Jennifer Dulos, who went missing on May 24 while in the middle of a heated custody battle with her husband. A medical group, according to Pattis, is seeking over $300 from Blue Cross for the alleged medical services. Pattis has tried and failed twice to get Jennifer's medical records records — both last month and over the summer.
“If Ms. Dulos herself did, as the bill suggests, receive medical services on July 7, 2019, she is obviously alive, if not necessarily well,” the new motion, obtained by the Courant states. “Among the hypotheses the defendant is evaluating in his defense is that Ms. Dulos and/or her family have orchestrated an apparent disappearance to resolve a contentious divorce and custody proceeding that was not breaking Ms. Dulos’ way.”
The motion claims that her family could be helping her stay alive and hidden, arguing that they have both the financial means and the motive.
Once again, Pattis is standing by his theory that Jennifer orchestrated her own disappearance in order to frame her husband. Pattis first suggested to the New York Post in June that Jennifer may have staged her disappearance, claiming she once wrote a book manuscript with a similar plot to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl.” That novel, which was also turned into a movie, is about a woman who fakes her own death to frame her husband.
Pattis admits he never read the supposed 500-page manuscript, but said, “This is a person who has a pretty florid imagination and motives to use it to hurt Mr. Dulos.” Additionally, he has put forward the idea that Jennifer may have committed some form of revenge suicide following upsetting medical news.
A spokesperson for Jennifer’s family and friends has consistently denounced the suggestion that she staged her own disappearance. Author Flynn herself has even expressed disgust over the theory. Jennifer’s family is calling the newest claim yet another distraction from the charges filed against Fotis, the Courant reports.
Both Fotis and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with evidence tampering in connection with the missing mother’s disappearance. Authorities allege that both took part in cleaning up evidence related to the case.
Investigators have claimed in an arrest warrant that Fotis was "lying in wait" for his wife at her home on the day she disappeared, and that the “crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred" soon after. Authorities also allege that Troconis suggested to them that “the body of Jennifer at some point was in” a truck Fotis borrowed from an employee at his real estate development company and was driving that day. Police say they recovered a "blood-like substance" containing Jennifer's DNA from one of the truck's seats, which Fotis allegedly insisted his employee replace.
Despite media appearances in which Fotis claimed that he and his wife split amicably, court documents filed by Jennifer stated that she was scared of him.
“I am afraid of my husband,” she wrote in an affidavit tied to an order of custody for the five children they shared, filed in June 2017, according to the Stamford Advocate. “I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”
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