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The estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos declared his belief that she's still alive, despite investigators releasing an arrest warrant suggesting her body was in a truck he'd borrowed the day she disappeared and accusing him of "lying in wait" for her that same day.
Fotis Dulos went on NBC's "Dateline" to claim that he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance. She vanished on May 24. The couple were embroiled in a heated custody battle over their five children when she went missing.
Dulos, who has maintained his innocence during the last five months, said on “Dateline” when prompted that he did not have anything to do with her vanishing. When asked if he believes Jennifer is alive, Fotis responded, “I do.”
When NBC’s Dennis Murphy challenged him, saying “against all circumstantial evidence or common understanding of,” Dulos interrupted and replied, “I’d like not to discuss this per my attorneys’ advice.”
The full "Dateline" interview will air on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
Dulos gave a similar interview to WNBC-TV in New York back in July.
While Dulos claims to believe his wife is still alive, investigators clearly do not. Last week, he and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis were arrested once again on tampering with evidence charges.
In an arrest warrant, authorities wrote 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 seats that the employee removed from the truck but kept in case police needed it, according to the warrant.
Investigators wrote that Dulos was “lying in wait” for Jennifer the day she vanished and that “the crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred” shortly after.
The couple was 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.
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.”
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