The mysterious case made national headlines when Jennifer vanished in May 2019 amid a contentious divorce and child custody battle with her estranged husband. The former couple shared five children.
While Jennifer’s body has never been found, she is presumed dead and police believe Fotis killed her. He took his own life last January after being brought up on murder charges.
On Tuesday, the Connecticut State Police searched the Farmington mansion and surrounding property where Fotis lived, Connecticut State Police Trooper Josue J. Dorelus confirmed to Oxygen.com.
While Tuesday’s search seemingly came up empty-handed, state police returned the next day with an excavator, following the advice of an expert dubbed the “Bone Finder,” the Connecticut Post notes. The “Bone Finder” is a New Hampshire man named Robert Perry who has expertise in mapping out unmarked graves and burial grounds. He told Oxygen.com that the state police called him down to the Farmington property to look for possible areas of disturbed ground where human remains could be buried. He believes that a hopeful buyer of the property may have been surveying the yard to possibly put in a pool. An online listing for the home suggests a sale is in the works.
Perry told Oxygen.com that he flagged four areas in the backyard that seemed to have been disturbed as well as a fifth area in the basement of the home.
"The earth was disturbed in those four areas but when I scanned the areas I didn't find any anomalies that would represent any kind of grave," he said, though he said the area was filled with rocks lined up in "suspicious" way.
He said that investigators excavated the flagged sites in the yard, digging about three feet into the ground. Perry did not stay for the dig.
He isn't sure if they found anything and doesn't know if they dug out the spot in the basement. Investigators have not indicated if they found anything during the search.
Perry said that he would be interested in searching a wooded area that surrounds the property in the future., but he's skeptical that any remains will be found so close to the home.
"Why would someone murder somebody and then bring them out and almost bury them in the backyard?" he told Oxygen.com. "I've seen that before but in this particular case, there is so much wooded area nearby that it would be kind of stupid to bury so close to the house."
Investigators have maintained that Fotis brutally assaulted Jennifer in her garage, where he had been “lying in wait,” according to an arrest warrant.
The authorities allege that his then-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, helped him throw away evidence into trash cans around Hartford. Both Troconis and Fotis’ former civil lawyer Kent Douglas Mawhinney have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the case. Troconis has also been charged with evidence tampering in the case. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Even in death, Fotis insisted he was innocent, leaving a suicide note in which he denied involvement in Jennifer's disappearance and asserted Troconis and Mawhinney's innocence as well.
Meanwhile, investigators have continued to search for Jennifer’s body. In June, police drained a septic tank at a Connecticut home where the former couple once lived, but found nothing.
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