From Waveny to Welles, the route Fo­tis Du­los may have taken

Stamford Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - By Pat Tom­lin­son

NEW CANAAN — A group of jog­gers ran along the west­ern­most bor­der of Waveny Park as the sun crept above the clouds Wed­nes­day morn­ing. A pair of dog walk­ers fol­lowed in the run­ners’ wake, and about 200 feet away, on Lapham Road, a biker whizzed by.

It was a sunny morn­ing, warm for the time of year, and de­spite the early­morn­ing hours, the park was bustling with ac­tiv­ity. Sev­eral cars lined the dirt turnoffs along the road, where more than three months ago, po­lice found Jen­nifer Du­los’ aban­doned Chevro­let Sub­ur­ban.

It is here on Lapham Road where po­lice also be­lieve Fo­tis Du­los parked his em­ployee’s 2001 red Toy­ota Ta­coma nearly an hour be­fore his es­tranged wife was last seen on May 24,

ac­cord­ing to the lat­est ar­rest war­rants.

Footage cap­tured by a school bus places the Ta­coma at the Lapham Road turnoff at 7:40 a.m. May 24 — just 100 feet from where the empty Sub­ur­ban was later found, the ar­rest war­rant states.

The truck was caught on cam­era ear­lier that morn­ing at 7:03 a.m. driv­ing south past the New Canaan rest area on the Mer­ritt Park­way, about three min­utes away from turnoff, the war­rant said. Less than an hour later, at 8:05 a.m., Jen­nifer Du­los was seen re­turn­ing home, where po­lice be­lieve Fo­tis Du­los was “ly­ing in wait.”

How Fo­tis Du­los al­legedly ar­rived at his wife’s house at 69 Welles Lane, about three­and­a­half miles away from where po­lice say the Ta­coma was parked, re­mains un­clear. The be­lief is that he ei­ther walked, ran or rode a bike to the home, sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said.

The most likely routes for Fo­tis Du­los, 52, how­ever, would have taken him down highly traf­ficked and nar­row streets, like Old Stam­ford Road and Weed Street, which are par­tic­u­larly busy at that time of the day.

On foot, the quickest route would’ve been down Old Stam­ford Road to Weed Street, where he could’ve turned on to In­dian Waters Drive, a pri­vate road end­ing in a cul­de­sac. From here, he could have cut across woods into the Welles Lane prop­erty’s back­yard in a to­tal of about 40 min­utes.

The sec­ond­quickest route would have been from Old Stam­ford Road, down Jeliff Mill Road, to Spring Wa­ter Lane, which ends about a third of a mile short of Jen­nifer Du­los’ back­yard. This trip, how­ever, would’ve taken close to 50 min­utes while walk­ing.

On Wed­nes­day, around the time Fo­tis Du­los would have al­legedly been walk­ing in the area on May 24, par­ents and their chil­dren could be seen wait­ing at the end of their drive­ways for school buses.

Po­lice have not said

whether any­one saw Fo­tis Du­los along any of these routes that morn­ing or if he was cap­tured on res­i­den­tial se­cu­rity sys­tems along the way. But, based on the lat­est ar­rest war­rants, po­lice be­lieve he was in New Canaan the morn­ing his wife van­ished.

New charges filed last week against Fo­tis Du­los and Michelle Tro­co­nis, 44, are re­lated to their efforts to clean up the Ta­coma, ac­cord­ing to their ar­rest war­rants.

Po­lice be­lieve Jen­nifer Du­los was the victim of a “se­ri­ous phys­i­cal as­sault” based on evidence found in the garage of her New Canaan home.

The truck be­longed to a for­mer Fore Group em­ployee who told in­ves­ti­ga­tors Fo­tis Du­los or­dered him to swap out the seats in the ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to the war­rant. How­ever, the em­ployee kept the seats with­out Fo­tis Du­los know­ing and turned them over to in­ves­ti­ga­tors who found Jen­nifer Du­los’ blood on one of them, the war­rant said.

Po­lice be­lieve Jen­nifer Du­los was the victim of a “se­ri­ous phys­i­cal as­sault” based on evidence found in the garage of her New Canaan home, the war­rants state.

Fo­tis Du­los will be ar­raigned Thurs­day at state Su­pe­rior Court in Nor­walk on the new charge and will ap­pear at the Stam­ford court­house Friday for his next pre­trial hear­ing. Tro­co­nis will be ar­raigned on the new charge Wed­nes­day in Nor­walk and will have her next pre­trial hear­ing Sept. 20 in Stam­ford.

They have each pleaded not guilty to the orig­i­nal tam­per­ing with evidence and hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion charges.

Po­lice said those charges stem from Hart­ford video sur­veil­lance the night of the dis­ap­pear­ance that show two peo­ple re­sem­bling Fo­tis Du­los and Tro­co­nis mak­ing a se­ries of stops in a four­mile stretch of busy Albany Av­enue.

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