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Has the controversial Connecticut couple at the center of a missing persons case split up?
Michelle Troconis was spotted moving her belongings out of the mansion she lived in with Fotis Dulos in a sign the couple may have called it quits, the Hartford Courant reports.
Troconis and family members were seen removing items from the Farmington home two weeks ago, where Troconis, her daughter and Dulos lived for the past two years, anonymous sources told the Courant. The items were moved into Troconis’ new home in Avon.
Troconis and Dulos face charges related to the disappearance of Dulos' wife, Jennifer Dulos, who vanished May 24 amid a heated custody dispute with her estranged husband over their five children.
Dulos and Troconis have been charged with evidence tampering in the case. Both have pleaded not guilty and are out on bail. Troconis made a brief appearance Friday for a pre-trial hearing.
Investigators have claimed in an arrest warrant that Dulos 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 Dulos 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 Dulos allegedly insisted his employee replace.
Despite media appearances in which Dulos claimed that he and his wife split amicably, court documents filed by Jennifer stated that she was scared of him and that the divorce was prompted by an affair between Dulos and Troconis. Jennifer claimed the pair began having an affair in 2016, according to the Stamford Advocate. She said in court filings that Troconis' presence was emotionally damaging to her children. She filed for divorce in 2017.
“I am afraid of my husband,” Jennifer wrote in an affidavit tied to an order of custody 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.”
Dulos has tried to paint the divorce proceedings in a different light, saying that he was looking forward to moving past it. In a September “Dateline” interview, he said that he had "beautiful life. I was with somebody that I was completely enamored with, Michelle. And the divorce was the only thing that wasn't a positive in my life and I couldn't wait for it to be over with.”
"But right now my life is a mess and I absolutely had no desire or interest to be in this mess.”
Meanwhile, Dulos’ defense team has consistently hinted at a bizarre "Gone Girl" theory, claiming that Jennifer may have staged her own disappearance in an attempt to frame her husband, a notion that Jennifer’s family and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn alike have expressed disgust over.
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