Michelle Troconis was arraigned in a Norwalk, Connecticut, court Wednesday on fresh charges of tampering with evidence in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, a 50-year-old mother of five engaged in a contentious, two-year-old long divorce process with her husband, Fotis Dulos, Troconis’s boyfriend.
Both Troconis and Fotis Dulos were arrested on the new tampering charges earlier in September. It was the second arrest for both since Jennifer Dulos vanished on May 24 after dropping her children off at school and returning to her home in New Canaan, according to the Stamford Advocate.
The new charges apparently came about after Troconis changed her story. Interviewed after her first arrest, she said that she was with Fotis Dulos on the morning his wife disappeared. She later said, however, she had not seen him until the afternoon. Surveillance footage from Hartford showed the two disposing of garbage that was later found to contain items with Jennifer Dulos’ blood.
According to the arrest warrant, Troconis told police she saw Dulos that afternoon cleaning a truck he had borrowed from one of the employees in his real estate development company, Fore Group. He told her he was cleaning a coffee spill, she said. Five days later, she followed him to a car wash where he had the employee’s truck cleaned and returned him to pick it up when it was finished.
Police also said school bus footage spotted the red pickup truck belonging to Fulos’ now ex-employee Pawel Gumienny at several locations between the Farmington home he shared with Troconis and New Canaan. According to Dulos’ arrest warrant, Gumienny told police he regularly left his vehicle at Dulos’ home while he used a company truck to work at one of the company’s location. He said that Dulos urged him to swap out the seats in his truck, and he did so, fearing he would lose his job. Cell phone records proved that Gumienny was not in the locations the truck was spotted on May 24, and he quit when Dulos was arrested.
The arrest warrant also said police found notes at the Farmington home that contained detailed notes about times, activities, and witnesses on the day of Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance and afterward. Police called the notes “Alibi Scripts” and said much of the details found in the notes was later proven inaccurate or false.
Fotis Dulos has denied any responsibility or knowledge of his wife’s disappearance. His attorney, Norm Pattis, has suggested that she may be still alive or that she staged a suicide to frame Dulos for murder. CrimeOnline recently reported that Pattis filed a motion for access to Jennifer Dulos’ medical records, claiming he may have been pregnant or terminally ill at the time of her disappearance. Police have not filed murder charges against Dulos.
Jennifer Dulos filed for divorce in 2017 after 13 years of marriage, claiming abuse. Custody issues were particularly tumultuous during the proceedings, and she disappeared just days before a court appearance scheduled when a court-appointed guardian ad litem filed a motion “regarding the safety of the children,”
Anyone with information regarding Jennifer is urged to call the New Canaan Police Tip Line at 203-594-3544.
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[Feature Photo: Victoria Thomas Frabutt/Police Handout]