The girlfriend of Fotis Dulos turned herself in to police Thursday to face a new charge in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos.
Michelle Troconis surrendered to Connecticut State Police on Thursday afternoon but was released just two hours later after posting $100,000 bond, the Stamford Advocate reports. She faces one new count of tampering with evidence.
In Dulos' arrest warrant, authorities said that Troconis told them “the body of Jennifer at some point was in” a truck Dulos had borrowed from an employee at his real estate development company, which he was driving the day Jennifer vanished. Troconis allegedly told police that Dulos had the truck cleaned days later and an employee claimed that Dulos was adamant about the cleaning, so much so that he became “pushy” over it. A “blood-like substance” that matches Jennifer’s DNA was found on one of the car seats that the employee removed from the car but kept in case police needed it, according to the warrant.
According to the warrant, Troconis admitted to not being honest with police in previous interviews. She allegedly "confirmed she did not physically see Dulos upon waking on" the morning Jennifer vanished and that she was "mistaken" when she claimed they took a shower together that morning.
Troconis also admitted to cleaning out what Dulos told her was a “coffee stain” in the borrowed truck but “she admitted that it did not smell of coffee,” according to the warrant.
Investigators also believe they found what they are referring to as “alibi scripts” in Dulos’ home, which specify times and activities to establish the whereabouts for Dulos and Troconis on May 24 and 25.
Jennifer has been missing since May 24 after she dropped her kids off at school. She and Dulos have five children together and were embroiled in a heated custody battle when she vanished. Dulos was also involved in a civil suit with Jennifer’s mother, Gloria Farber, when Jennifer disappeared.
Like Troconis, Dulos has already been released on the new charge, though he was given a $500,000 bond.
This is the second time that the pair has been arrested in the case. They were previously charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution after police say they found evidence of the couple disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles. They have pleaded not guilty.
Dulos' latest warrant also states that police believe he was “lying in wait” for Jennifer the day she vanished and that “the crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred” shortly after.
However, Dulos has not been charged with murder at this point, a point his attorney Norm Pattis raised after his latest arrest, according to the Stamford Advocate.
"Where’s the murder charge?" Pattis asked, adding “it sounds like the state is trying to convince itself that Fotis is responsible for Jennifer’s disappearance. ... When and if the state decides it can prove its case, we will welcome the chance to meet the case in open court. The new warrant speaks of a lying lover and handyman with something to hide. When do we get the chance to question these folks?”
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