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Police Seeking Surveillance Footage In Disappearance Of Missing Mom Jennifer Dulos
Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis face charges related to her disappearance, but police are still asking for the public's help in establishing a timeline of events.
Authorities in Connecticut are searching for surveillance camera footage that could shed some light on what happened to Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who went missing last month.
Dulos, 50, was last seen on May 24 after dropping her children off at school. She was reported missing after she failed to show up for a number of appointments. Her car was later found abandoned.
Jennifer Dulos had been embroiled in a contentious divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband, 51-year-old Fotis Dulos.
Fotis Dulos, along with his girlfriend, 44-year-old Michelle Troconis, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
Now, police are asking for the public’s help in solidifying a timeline of events. New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski asked residents on Monday that any footage showing traffic between May 22 and 25 be handed over to police to aid their investigation, the Stamford Advocate reports.
Authorities believe that Jennifer Dulos may have been the victim of a “serious physical assault,” police said in warrants released Monday. Investigators previously found blood, as well as evidence that someone had tried to clean up a mess, in Jennifer Dulos’ home.
Police also recovered garbage bags dumped around the Hartford area that they say contained items, including a kitchen sponge, that had Jennifer Dulos’ blood on them. After tracing Fotis Dulos and Troconis’ whereabouts using cell phone data and surveillance footage, police believe that the couple is responsible for dumping the incriminating bags.
Fotis Dulos and Troconis were arraigned Monday in Norwalk Superior Court, the Associated Press reports. Both were ordered to be held on $500,000 bail; Troconis posted bail on Monday and was released with the caveat of having to wear a GPS monitoring device, according to the outlet. Fotis Dulos remains in custody, with his lawyer reporting that he was not expected to post bail.
A prosecutor has said that more charges are forthcoming, the outlet reports. To date, neither party has entered a plea.
Two years before her disappearance, Jennifer Dulos began divorce proceedings from her husband of 13 years and filed an emergency order requesting full custody of their children, the Stamford Advocate reports. She wrote then that she was afraid of her husband and that she believed that he would retaliate against her for filing for divorce, according to another report.
“I am afraid for my safety and the physical safety and emotional well-being of our minor children,” she wrote.
Around the same time, Jennifer Dulos and the children left the family’s home in Farmington and moved to a rented residence in New Canaan.
A judge ultimately denied her request and the couple was ordered to share custody for the remainder of divorce proceedings.
The couple’s children, all between the ages of 8 and 13, have been staying with Jennifer Dulos’ mother Gloria Farber and are under the protection of an armed guard, according to the Stamford Advocate. Fotis Dulos had previously filed a motion to demand he be allowed to see the children.
Farber is currently fighting her son-in-law in court over more than $1 million in what she says are unpaid loans, the publication also reports.