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There’s a new twist in the case of a missing mom of five, whose estranged husband and his girlfriend have been charged in connection with her disappearance. The estranged husband’s truck was reportedly spotted in the town where Jennifer Dulos vanished, and one of his employees, who is now being questioned, was driving.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, disappeared on May 24 in New Canaan, an affluent area of Connecticut. Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, 51 and his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Not only were they allegedly seen on video disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in more than 30 trash receptacles, but police found blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer's New Canaan home, according to the arrest warrants.
A black Ford Raptor belonging to Fotis, who resides in the town of Farmington, was spotted driving in New Canaan the day she vanished, according to the Stamford Advocate. It was reportedly driven by an employee of Fotis’ business construction business The Fore Group, who was working on a property in town. Loud banging sounds at that property woke up neighbors the day after the mother of five vanished, according to that outlet.
That employee’s identity has not been revealed publicly but his lawyer told the Stamford Advocate that he has been questioned by police.
"If my client was using that vehicle, it was in connection with work for sure," Attorney Lindy Urso said. "The police have questioned him and he's been fully cooperative. And they have confirmed that he's not a suspect."
She added that he voluntarily gave his phone to investigators.
"He's obviously not happy about being drawn into this mess, but he's hoping to put it behind him and move on," he said.
The employee reportedly no longer works for the Fore Group.
Hours after the employee was spotted driving the truck, Fotis and Troconis were allegedly spotted in that same truck dumping bags in Hartford, according to the New York Post.
Troconis posted bail and was spotted having a meeting with law enforcement and the state’s attorney at the office of her attorney Andrew Bowman. Fotis was released Tuesday and has been prohibited from contacting his five children, who are now in the care of Jennifer’s mother. Fotis has retained attorney Norm Pattis, the same lawyer defending controversial radio show host Alex Jones in his defamation case, the Hartford Courant reports.
“Trial by innuendo has convicted my client,” Pattis told the outlet. “We will opt for a trial by jury.”
The mysterious case has drawn a lot of attention and speculation after Jennifer vanished not long after dropping off her kids at New Canaan Country School. Two of her friends reported her missing after she didn't show for appointments and wasn't heard from for about 10 hours.
She filed for divorce from Fotis in 2017. The couple had been married for 13 years and have five children who range in age from 8 to 13. Jennifer moved out after finding out about the affair that her husband was having with Troconis, CNN reports.
She expressed fear of her husband in court paperwork.
“I am afraid of my husband,” she 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.”
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