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A search warrant has reportedly been executed at the home of the estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother just days after he and his girlfriend were charged in connection with her disappearance.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, disappeared on May 24 after last being spotted in New Canaan, an affluent area of Connecticut. Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were allegedly seen on video disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in more than 30 trash receptacles. Additionally, police found blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer Dulos' New Canaan home, according to the arrest warrants.
Fotis Dulos, 51, and Troconis, 44, made their first court appearances Monday after being charged Saturday night with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. They did not enter pleas.
Now, a new development: police began searching Fotis’ Farmington mansion Wednesday night after a warrant was executed, according to the Stamford Advocate. The home being searched is up for sale at $4.35 million and is reportedly still owned by Jennifer, local outlet The Hour reports.
State police announced they were going to have a press conference Thursday, but that was canceled, according to NBC Connecticut.
At least six police vehicles and K9s were reportedly spotted at the residence on Thursday morning.
The search warrant is being referred to as an emergency search warrant, a state police source told the Stamford Advocate. Another unnamed source told Radar Online that authorities have obtained “key pieces of evidence” which led them back to Fotis’ home.
Jennifer was seen about two weeks ago when she dropped 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.
Jennifer filed for divorce from Fotis, who operates a construction business, in 2017. The couple had been married for 13 years and have five children who range in age from 8 to 13. The missing mom reportedly filed an emergency order for full custody the same year she filed for divorce, the Connecticut Post reports. That was denied. Jennifer moved out after finding out about the affair that her husband was having with Troconis, CNN reports.
Troconis worked as marketing director for Cerro Castor, an Argentinian ski resort, according to the Stamford Advocate. Jennifer had worries that the ski resort, which hosted the 2012 Freestyle Skiing World Cup, would be an escape route for her estranged husband.
“[In] the past, my husband has made references to disappearing to a ski resort, ‘where everyone wears masks every day and are indistinguishable from one another,’” Jennifer wrote in the court filings. She filed an emergency order for full custody of their kids the same year she filed for divorce, the Connecticut Post reports. She also expressed fear in court paperwork that her estranged husband would kidnap their children and bring them to Greece or another country if she didn’t agree to his divorce settlement terms.
“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.”
She also wrote in the same document what she was “afraid for my safety and the physical safety and emotional well-being of our minor children.”
In an apparent bio on a Patch site, Jennifer describes herself as a former writer from New York “doing journalism, essays, plays and screenplays, and is currently finishing a novel.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a masters in writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Both Fotis and Troconis were in jail on $500,000 bail. While Fotis remains jailed, Troconis has reportedly made bail.
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