Judge seals some docs in Du­los di­vorce

Stamford Advocate - - Front Page - By Ethan Fry

STAM­FORD — A judge has or­dered for some of the doc­u­ments in the Jennifer and Fo­tis Du­los di­vorce case sealed as po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the 50-year-old mother’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Judge Donna Nel­son Heller has or­dered some of the doc­u­ments filed in the case sealed, ac­cord­ing to a June 11 or­der. The ex­hibits were filed last week by Glo­ria Far­ber, Jennifer Du­los’ mother, who is seeking full cus­tody of the five Du­los chil­dren, rang­ing in age from 8 to 13.

Far­ber has been car­ing for the chil­dren in her Man­hat­tan apart­ment since her daugh­ter Jennifer Du­los went miss­ing on May 24.

It’s un­clear whether Far­ber’s re­quest for cus­tody will be ad­dressed next week dur­ing the next sched­uled hear­ing, which will

come four days af­ter the two-year an­niver­sary of Jennifer Du­los first fil­ing for di­vorce against her hus­band af­ter nearly 13 years of mar­riage.

The hear­ing, on Fo­tis Du­los’ lawyer’s re­quest to with­draw from the case, is sched­uled for 2 p.m. June 24.

The lawyer who had been rep­re­sent­ing him in the case, Michael Rose, had filed a re­quest to leave the case June 6. Ac­cord­ing to an or­der sched­ul­ing the June 24 court date, at least 12 days’ time was re­quired to give Fo­tis Du­los no­tice of the hear­ing.

A new lawyer, Rich Rochlin, said last week he will now rep­re­sent Fo­tis Du­los in the di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.

Fo­tis Du­los de­clined to speak at last week’s hear­ing in the case, cit­ing his Fifth Amend­ment rights.

Po­lice over the week­end con­tin­ued to search for miss­ing mother Jennifer Du­los as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her dis­ap­pear­ance en­tered a fourth week.

Divers searched Fisher Meadow Pond in Avon over the week­end, but did not find any­thing, WFSB re­ported. Au­thor­i­ties also re­turned Satur­day to a Hart­ford garbage fa­cil­ity where po­lice say trash was hauled af­ter Fo­tis Du­los was seen toss­ing garbage bags the night his es­tranged wife dis­ap­peared. No one was seen search­ing the fa­cil­ity on Sun­day, WFSB said.

Some of the bags re­cov­ered be­fore they were taken to the Ma­te­ri­als In­no­va­tion and Re­cy­cling Au­thor­ity con­tained Jennifer Du­los’ blood, ac­cord­ing to ar­rest war­rants.

“Why do you think he is in such jeop­ardy? His be­hav­ior with the bags, if it can be proven, is deeply trou­bling and re­quires an ex­pla­na­tion,” Norm Pat­tis, Fo­tis Du­los’ at­tor­ney, told NBC last week. “We un­der­stand and ac­cept that.”

Fo­tis Du­los, 51, and his girl­friend, Michelle Tro­co­nis, 44, are free on bail af­ter be­ing ar­raigned last week on charges of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence and hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion.

Tro­co­nis is due back in court on July 18, while Fo­tis Du­los is sched­uled to re­turn to state Su­pe­rior Court in Stam­ford on Aug. 2.

Tro­co­nis has met at least twice with in­ves­ti­ga­tors since she posted bail on June 3.

Pat­tis, the con­tro­ver­sial New Haven at­tor­ney hired last week to rep­re­sent Fo­tis Du­los, claims Tro­co­nis has an alibi for May 24 when Jennifer Du­los dis­ap­peared. Pat­tis also claims Tro­co­nis passed a poly­graph exam that showed she was not in­volved and does not know where to find Jennifer Du­los.

Around 9:15 a.m., Tro­co­nis re­turned a friend’s purse that had been left the night be­fore at the Jef­fer­son Cross­ing property owned by Fo­tis Du­los, ac­cord­ing to the Hart­ford Courant. Tro­co­nis then vis­ited an­other friend in Sims­bury be­tween 10:30 and 11 a.m., the Courant re­ported.

An­drew Bow­man, a West­port at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Tro­co­nis, has de­clined to com­ment about his client’s where­abouts that day.

Jennifer Du­los was last seen around 8 a.m. May 24 af­ter drop­ping her five chil­dren off at New Canaan Coun­try School. Af­ter miss­ing sev­eral doc­tors ap­point­ments in New York, she was re­ported miss­ing around 7 p.m. that night.

Ac­cord­ing to their ar­rest war­rants, Fo­tis Du­los and Tro­co­nis were seen on video sur­veil­lance driv­ing on Al­bany Av­enue in Hart­ford around the time Jennifer Du­los was re­ported miss­ing. Fo­tis Du­los was seen toss­ing garbage bags into more than 30 trash bins in a four-mile span that were later de­ter­mined to have his es­tranged wife’s blood on some of them, the war­rants said.

For the past two weeks, the state po­lice search-and-res­cue K-9 unit has been sift­ing through piles of garbage at the trash-toen­ergy plant where the ma­te­ri­als are shred­ded be­fore they are burned. The K-9s are trained to sniff bi­o­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als such as blood and bod­ily flu­ids.

On Fri­day, the state po­lice dive team re­turned to Avon to search a pond at Fisher Meadow on Old Farms Road. Ear­lier in the week, in­ves­ti­ga­tors searched a nearby pond known for wa­ter ski­ing where Jennifer Du­los claimed in di­vorce doc­u­ments her hus­band pushed their chil­dren to “dan­ger­ous” lim­its to com­pete at a high level.

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