⏩ Boy, 7, gives up Disney trip to help find Jennifer Du­los.

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Backus and Jim Shay To report a tip, visit FindJen­nifer­Du­los @new­canaanct.gov or call 203-594-3544.

A 7-year-old Connecticu­t boy was so touched by the search for Jennifer Du­los, the miss­ing mother of five who dis­ap­peared May

24, that he started a fundrais­ing ef­fort to pay for tips lead­ing to solid in­for­ma­tion in the case.

But, ac­cord­ing to New Canaan Deputy Po­lice Chief John W. DiFed­erico, Du­los’ fam­ily is “ask­ing that no fi­nan­cial re­wards of funds be es­tab­lished at this time.”

Ri­ley Daigle, of Wethers­field, has started a GoFundMe page to raise $5,000 and is do­nat­ing the

$500 he saved in hopes of of­fer­ing a re­ward for any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to po­lice that leads to find­ing Jennifer Du­los or a con­vic­tion in the miss­ing per­sons case, a post on the GoFundMe site said.

Ri­ley was “so sick­ened and up­set to see that five chil­dren have a miss­ing mom that he pledged to put all of the money in his sav­ings account ($500) to any in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to a con­vic­tion or lead­ing to the miss­ing mom,” his mother Danielle Daigle said in the post.

Ri­ley’s mom told Fox 61 Ri­ley orig­i­nally planned to use the money for his Au­gust birth­day trip to Disney, but he de­cided to give that up. In­stead, he is saving the money to help po­lice find Jennifer Du­los.

“This is the kindest act imag­in­able: A 7-year-old-boy from Wethers­field has of­fered his sav­ings as a re­ward to help find Jennifer Far­ber Du­los,” fam­ily and friends of the miss­ing woman wrote in a state­ment. “His self­less­ness and gen­eros­ity have touched our hearts. A lit­tle child shall lead them.

“The im­pact of Jennifer’s dis­ap­pear­ance on her five young chil­dren, fam­ily, and friends is af­fect­ing many peo­ple in sim­i­lar ways. We urge this young man to keep his sav­ings, but we honor his im­pulse. This is about more than a re­ward — it is a call to do some­thing.”

Ri­ley’s mother posted on the GoFundMe page, “we know some­one out there knows some­thing, maybe a re­ward will help them come for­ward.” It was set up “be­cause my lit­tle boy wants to help this fam­ily find peace and jus­tice.”

New Canaan and State Po­lice have con­ducted nu­mer­ous searches through­out the state since Jennifer Du­los went miss­ing. Searches have con­cen­trated at Waveny Park in New Canaan and prop­er­ties owned by Fo­tis Du­los’ real es­tate devel­op­ment com­pany, the Fore Group.

Mem­bers of the state po­lice search-and-res­cue team have also been us­ing dogs trained to de­tect hu­man re­mains to search a Hart­ford garbage dump.

Ac­cord­ing to ar­rest war­rants, Fo­tis Du­los was seen on video throw­ing garbage bags into more than 30 trash bins in a four-mile span in Hart­ford the night his es­tranged wife dis­ap­peared. Po­lice said Michelle Tro­co­nis was seen in the pas­sen­ger seat and both of their cell­phones placed them in the area at that time.

Garbage bags that were re­cov­ered con­tained Jennifer Du­los’ blood, the war­rants said. Po­lice have since been search­ing the dump for bags that had al­ready been hauled away.

On Wed­nes­day, state po­lice dive teams con­ducted a search of an Avon pond where the Du­los chil­dren trained to be com­pet­i­tive wa­ter skiers.

Po­lice have re­ceived hun­dreds of tips and 80 security videos from the pub­lic, but so far Jennifer Du­los has not been found.

The Daigle fam­ily is work­ing with New Canaan po­lice and any money that is raised will go to­ward a re­ward, the post said.

If no tips lead di­rectly to a con­vic­tion or the discovery of Jennifer Du­los, the money will go to her five chil­dren.

“At this time, the po­lice are best equipped to con­duct searches for Jennifer. Cit­i­zens can help most by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion,” the Jennifer Du­los fam­ily state­ment read.

DiFed­erico said New Canaan and state po­lice “are not look­ing for vol­un­teer search par­ties to as­sist in the search for Jennifer at this time.”

They en­cour­aged peo­ple to con­tact the New Canaan po­lice tip line and to “fol­low this young man’s lead and take ac­tion.”

GoFundMe page / Con­trib­uted photo

Ri­ley Daigle, 7, of Wethers­field, has started a GoFundMe page to raise $5,000 and is do­nat­ing the $500 he saved in the hopes of of­fer­ing a re­ward for any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to po­lice that leads to find­ing Jennifer Du­los or a con­vic­tion in the miss­ing per­sons case, a post on the GoFundMe site said. His mother said he in­tended to use his sav­ings for an Au­gust birth­day trip to Disney World.

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