Mom’s blood-stained items tossed by hus­band, his girl­friend

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Pat Tom­lin­son, Han­nah Dellinger and Jim Shay

NORWALK — The es­tranged hus­band of Jen­nifer Dulos and his girl­friend were caught on cam­era dis­card­ing trash bags con­tain­ing blood of the 50-year-old mother of five who has been miss­ing for more than a week, ac­cord­ing to their ar­rest war­rants.

The war­rants claim Fo­tis Dulos and his girl­friend Michelle Tro­co­nis made stops at more than 30 trash re­cep­ta­cles over a four-mile stretch of Al­bany Av­enue in Hartford on the night of Jen­nifer Dulos’ disappeara­nce. Po­lice searched the trash cans and found garbage bags con­tain­ing clothes and house­hold items, such as kitchen sponges, that were stained with blood, the war­rants said.

State foren­sic teams de­ter­mined the blood be­longed to Jen­nifer Dulos, the war­rant said.

Fo­tis Dulos, 51, and Tro­co­nis, 44, were ar­raigned Mon­day in state Su­pe­rior Court in Norwalk af­ter be­ing ar­rested Satur­day night on charges of tam­per­ing with or fab­ri­cat­ing phys­i­cal ev­i­dence and first­de­gree hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant, a black Ford F-150 Rap­tor caught on se­cu­rity video was traced to Fo­tis Dulos. A war­rant also re­vealed Fo­tis Dulos and Tro­co­nis’ cell­phones were in the Hartford area when the videos were cap­tured.

One video clip showed a man in­sert­ing an item into a storm drain grate near Gar­den Street. De­tec­tives later searched the area and re­cov­ered two Connecticu­t li­cense plates that had been al­tered with ad­he­sive and tape, the war­rant said. The plate was con­nected to a canceled reg­is­tra­tion for a 2007 Chevro­let Sub­ur­ban be­long­ing to Fo­tis Dulos.

The ar­rest war­rants con­firmed that mul­ti­ple blood­stains and “sus­pected” blood splat­ter were found, along with ev­i­dence of an at­tempted cleanup, in the garage of Jen­nifer Dulos’ home on Welles Lane in New Canaan.

“Based upon the crime scene pro­cess­ing, in­ves­ti­ga­tors came to the con­sen­sus that a se­ri­ous phys­i­cal as­sault had oc­curred at the scene, and Jen­nifer Dulos was the sus­pected vic­tim,” the ar­rest war­rant said.

Au­thor­i­ties con­tin­ued on Mon­day to search for Jen­nifer Dulos. The FBI Ev­i­dence Re­cov­ery Team con­cen­trated its search for hours in a wooded area of Waveny Park near the Mer­ritt Park­way. They placed sev­eral ev­i­dence mark­ers down in the woods and scanned the area with metal de­tec­tors.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors were as­sisted by po­lice dogs specif­i­cally trained to find elec­tronic equip­ment. One of the handlers said the dogs are trained to smell a chem­i­cal found in cell­phones.

High bond up­held

As the search con­tin­ued, Jen­nifer Dulos’ es­tranged hus­band and his new flame were ar­raigned at state Su­pe­rior Court in Norwalk.

Wear­ing an orange jump­suit with cuffs on his arms and legs, Fo­tis Dulos was es­corted into the back en­trance of the Norwalk court­house shortly be­fore 10 a.m. Mon­day.

Mem­bers of the me­dia and the pub­lic crowded around the fence as Fo­tis Dulos was led into the court­house. He had no re­ac­tion as re­porters shouted ques­tions as he en­tered the build­ing.

Tro­co­nis ar­rived a few min­utes ear­lier, wear­ing the same clothes she had on when she was ar­rested Satur­day night. She kept her head low, avoid­ing the flash of dozens of cam­eras, as she was es­corted from a New Canaan po­lice cruiser into the Norwalk court­house.

The two were ar­raigned sep­a­rately in front of a packed court­room that in­cluded their rel­a­tives. Fo­tis Dulos came be­fore Judge Stephanie McLaugh­lin with a bowed head and clenched jaw, and lis­tened as his lawyer Eu­gene Riccio failed to get his $500,000 bond re­duced.

Tro­co­nis, a mother and CEO, ap­peared to blow kisses at fam­ily mem­bers be­fore re­ceiv­ing the same news.

Both de­fense lawyers ar­gued their clients have no crim­i­nal records and are in good stand­ing in com­mu­nity, but state pros­e­cu­tor Suzanne Vieux ar­gued the “se­ri­ous na­ture” of the al­le­ga­tions war­ranted the high bond.

In ad­di­tion to up­hold­ing the bonds, McLaugh­lin ruled the de­fen­dants must wear GPS mon­i­tor­ing, turn over their pass­ports and avoid all con­tact with Jen­nifer Dulos’ fam­ily if they post bond.

Tro­co­nis was re­leased af­ter post­ing bond later Mon­day af­ter­noon, while Fo­tis Dulos was trans­ported back to the Bridge­port Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity where he has been held since his ar­rest.

Fo­tis Dulos’ at­tor­ney, Eu­gene Riccio, said his client was likely not go­ing to post bond on Mon­day.

Nei­ther de­fen­dant en­tered a plea on Mon­day. Both are sched­uled to ap­pear at the Stam­ford court­house on June 11.

Ad­di­tional crim­i­nal charges are ex­pected as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues, po­lice said.

Search for Jen­nifer Dulos

Jen­nifer Dulos was last seen drop­ping off her chil­dren at New Canaan Coun­try School on May 24. Her black Chevy Sub­ur­ban was found later that night on the side of Lapham Road near Waveny Park af­ter she was re­ported miss­ing.

The search for Dulos has been mostly fo­cused in New Canaan in Waveny Park and in her Welles Lane neigh­bor­hood. The po­lice also searched a prop­erty owned by her par­ents in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion quickly shifted to the Hartford area on Fri­day with au­thor­i­ties search­ing the Up­per Al­bany sec­tion of the city, fo­cus­ing on a storm drain out­side a bak­ery and trash bins in the area. A few hours later, they ar­rived at Fo­tis Dulos’ Farm­ing­ton home be­fore es­cort­ing him to the state po­lice Troop L bar­racks in Litchfield, where blood and hair sam­ples were taken.

For most of the week­end,

au­thor­i­ties fo­cused their searches on Dulos’ Jef­fer­son Cross­ing home in Farm­ing­ton and a prop­erty his com­pany re­cently de­vel­oped on Moun­tain Spring Road in that town.

Jen­nifer and Fo­tis Dulos have been in­volved in a two-year di­vorce case. In court doc­u­ments, Jen­nifer Dulos said she was afraid of her es­tranged hus­band and was fear­ful he would re­tal­i­ate against her for seek­ing a di­vorce.

Two years ago, Jen­nifer Dulos left the Farm­ing­ton home with her chil­dren and moved to New Canaan be­fore fil­ing for di­vorce the next day.

In March 2018, the court de­nied Fo­tis Dulos ac­cess to the chil­dren, say­ing there was “an im­me­di­ate and present risk of psy­cho­log­i­cal harm to the chil­dren if they have un­re­stricted and un­su­per­vised con­tact with the de­fen­dant, as well as a risk of phys­i­cal dan­ger.”

The court also said he had a his­tory of ly­ing un­der oath and had en­cour­aged the chil­dren to lie on his be­half.

How­ever, the court re­versed its de­ci­sion and found it in the chil­dren’s best in­ter­est to im­ple­ment su­per­vised par­ent­ing time.

Af­ter the court granted Fo­tis Dulos su­per­vised vis­i­ta­tion this Fe­bru­ary, he and Jen­nifer Dulos could not reach an agree­ment on a sched­ule. In March, Judge Donna Heller granted Fo­tis Dulos su­per­vised vis­i­ta­tion every other week­end, start­ing March 30. He was al­lot­ted seven hours on Satur­days in Fair­field County and six hours on Sun­days in Hartford County, which could take place at the Farm­ing­ton house. Fo­tis Dulos was also granted three hours of vis­i­ta­tion on Wed­nes­days in Fair­field County.

How­ever, the judge banned Tro­co­nis and her daugh­ter from in­ter­act­ing with the Dulos chil­dren.

Tyler Size­more / Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia

Fo­tis Dulos, 51, is ar­raigned on charges of tam­per­ing with or fab­ri­cat­ing phys­i­cal ev­i­dence and first-de­gree hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion at Norwalk Su­pe­rior Court on Mon­day. Below, At­tor­ney Andrew Bow­man, right, speaks dur­ing the ar­raign­ment of his client Michelle C. Tro­co­nis, 44, on charges of tam­per­ing with or fab­ri­cat­ing phys­i­cal ev­i­dence and first-de­gree hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion at Norwalk Su­pe­rior Court. Dulos and his girl­friend, Tro­co­nis, were ar­rested at an Avon ho­tel late Satur­day night. Fo­tis Dulos is the es­tranged hus­band of Jen­nifer Dulos, the 50-year-old mother of five who has been miss­ing since May 24.

Scott Eric­son / Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia

Mem­bers of the FBI Ev­i­dence Re­sponse Team search a wooded area of Waveny Park Mon­day morn­ing near Lapham Road where Jen­nifer Dulos’ SUV was found.

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