Jennifer Dulos

Jennifer Dulos: Search for Connecticut Mom of 5 Turns to Park Near Area Where SUV Was Found

Connecticut State Police arrived at a New Canaan Monday to conduct another search for missing mother of five, Jennifer Dulos.

According to the Stamford Advocate, investigators focused on a plot of land by Waverly Park. The outlet reports that Dulos’ SUV was found near the area after her disappearance in May 2019.

New Canaan police said the latest search was standard procedure. It’s unclear whether any evidence has been found at the park.

“Connecticut State Police major crimes detectives and canines are there as a standard investigative effort out of an abundance of caution,” Brian Foley, the Aide to Department of Emergency Management and Public Protection Commissioner, James Rovella, said.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jennifer was last seen at around 8 a.m. on May 24, 2019, 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. A cleaning service arrived at her home at noon but Jennifer was not there.

Jennifer also missed several appointments that day, 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 scoured through wooded areas by Jennifer’s home, as well as a 300-acre park, bodies of water, and a cornfield. Authorities also spent days searching at a large dump facility and scouring Fotis Dulos’ property in Farmington.

This combination of booking photos released Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, by the Connecticut State Police shows Fotis Dulos, left, and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis. Dulos was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder of his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, who went missing in May 2019. Troconis, also arrested Tuesday, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. (Connecticut State Police via AP)

Jennifer’s estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested in June 2019 after authorities said the pair tampered with evidence in connection to Jennifer’s disappearance. According to the arrest affidavit, investigators found, in part:

  • Bags of blood-stained clothing and sponges that Dulos allegedly dropped into trash cans at businesses in Connecticut
  • Stains of blood on Jennifer’s garage floor
  • Blood spatter in numerous areas of Jennifer’s home
  • Dulos’ DNA mixed in with Jennifer’s blood on her kitchen faucet
  • 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 Troconis “leaning out of the passenger seat of the Ford pickup and either placing something on the ground or picking up an item”
  • Blood DNA that matched to Jennifer inside Gummienny’s truck

In January 2020, Fotis Dulos took his own life on the morning he was scheduled to appear for a court hearing, in connection with violating his house arrest rules. At the time of his death, Fotis had been charged with murder, kidnapping and related charges, for his estranged wife’s disappearance and presumed death.

Investigators accused Fotis Dulos of “lying in wait” for Jennifer to come home on the morning she vanished, then attacking her inside the residence. Security footage captured her walking into her New Canaan home at around 8:30 a.m. that morning.

Authorities noted that Jennifer’s SUV left her residence at some point afterward that day, but they think Fotis Dulos was behind the wheel.

The pair were in the process of a tumultuous divorce and a bitter battle for custody of their children when Jennifer disappeared. The children are now living in New York with Jennifer’s mother.

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[Feature Photo: Jennifer Dulos/Handout]