As police continue to look for missing Connecticut mother, Jennifer Dulos, they’re focusing on a Connecticut trash facility that could possibly hold clues to her disappearance.
NBC New York reports that authorities contacted the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) regarding trash collection that occurred on May 28 at several locations in Hartford. Jennifer’s estranged husband, Fotis Dubos, 51, went to numerous different trash bins on the morning of May 28, according to police, and allegedly disposed of evidence.
Some of the items contained his wife’s blood.
On Monday, over 20 troopers and search dogs arrived at the trash facility to search through shredded garbage stacked miles high.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 50-year-old Jennifer was last seen on May 24 around 8 a.m. while dropping her children off at the New Canaan Country School in the prominent New Canaan community. Police later found her vehicle, a black 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, parked off of Lapham Road. Jennifer was nowhere to be found. A cleaning service arrived to her home on May 24 at around noon, but Jennifer was not there.
Jennifer also missed several appointments on May 24, including one at 11 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. Since she vanished, she has not used her cellphone or her credit cards.
Search dogs and search teams first scoured through wooded areas by Jennifer’s home last week, as well as a 300-acre park, bodies of water and a cornfield. Authorities later turned their search efforts to the locations Fotis Dulos visited around the time Jennifer disappeared.
Authorities said security footage captured Fotis Dulos “at over 30 locations along a more than four-mile stretch of Albany Avenue” in Hartford after Jennifer disappeared. After searching the trash bins and searching Jennifer’s home, police found many items of evidence, including,
- Bags of blood-stained clothing and sponges
- Stains of blood on Jennifer’s garage floor
- Blood spatter in numerous areas of Jennifer’s home
- Obvious attempts to clean up the scene
- Altered Connecticut license plates that belonged to Dulos
- Security footage of Dulos driving his Ford pickup to various locations, dropping trash bags into different public trash receptacles
- Security footage of Dulos’ girlfriend “leaning out of the passenger seat of the Ford pickup and either placing something on the ground or picking up an item”
Police arrested Dulos and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis, 44, at a hotel in Avon earlier this week. They’re both facing charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. Additional charges may follow.
While Dulos remains in jail, Troconis bailed out. She left the jail with a shirt covering her face and a GPS monitor attached to her ankle.
Dubos and Troconis had allegedly been having an affair for around a year before Jennifer filed for divorce, according to court documents. Troconis has “ties to Argentina,” as her child lives there, and the father of her child owns a ski resort in Argentina, court documents also state.
The same court documents shed light on the lengthy and tumultuous child custody battle between Jennifer and her husband.
“I am afraid of my husband,” Jennifer said, according to court documents. “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.”
“During the course of our marriage, he told me about sickening revenge fantasies and plans to cause physical harm to others who have wronged him. I am afraid for my safety and the physical safety and emotional well-being of our minor children…..I believe him to be highly capable and vengeful enough to take the children and disappear.”
The pair share five children together, who are now between the ages of 8 and 13. The children are currently in their care of Jennifer’s mother, Gloria Faber, who filed for custody on Tuesday.
Anyone with information regarding Jennifer’s disappearance is urged to call the New Canaan Police Tip Line at 203-594-3544.
[Feature Photo: Jennifer Dulos/Handout]