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Timeline of New Canaan Mother's Disappearance

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    Timeline of the Jennifer Dulos Investigation

    A look at the timeline of events in the investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.

    (Published Friday, June 7, 2019)

    A 50-year-old mother of five from New Canaan has been missing for more than three weeks. Her estranged husband and his girlfriend have been arrested in connection to her disappearance and both pleaded not guilty.

    Here is a look at a timeline of events on the investigation into Jennifer Dulos's disappearance.

    On Friday, May 24, Jennifer Dulos dropped her children off at the New Canaan Country School. After that, police said she missed multiple appointments before friends reported her missing around 7 p.m.

    Later that day, officers said they found her abandoned black SUV on Lapham Road by Waveny Park.

    By Wednesday, May 29, the search for the missing mother intensified at the popular park in New Canaan. That day, officers said they were treating this as a missing person case, while also launching a criminal investigation to determine if Jennifer had been the victim of foul play.

    Jennifer's close friend and family spokesperson Carrie Luft spoke with NBC Connecticut and said, "The children are safe and they are doing well given the circumstances. They, of course, miss their mother incredibly."

    On Thursday, May 30, six days after Jennifer vanished, police said the search expanded across the state line to a property in Pound Ridge, New York.

    NBC Connecticut also obtained court documents from the divorce case of Jennifer and her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

    In the initial 2017 affidavit, she wrote she was “terrified for (her) family’s safety” and said her “husband has a history of controlling, volatile and delusional behavior.”

    But in a court filing from his attorney, Fotis denied those allegations. And the day before being served with divorce papers in June of 2017, he called 911 with his own concerns.

    “I’m worried about my wife and kids because they left to go to New York and I haven’t been able to get in touch with them,” Fotis said in a 911 call.

    Jennifer moved from their shared home in Farmington to New Canaan around the same time she filed for divorce.

    On Friday, May 31, authorities put out a new missing person poster. Officers continued seeking tips from people driving by Waveny Park in New Canaan.

    “If you happen to remember anything, just call our tip line. It’s all anonymous,” police said.

    By Friday afternoon, state police confirmed the search for clues moved to multiple locations in Hartford including on Milford Street, Albany Avenue, Homestead Avenue and Sigourney Street.

    Then on Saturday, June 1, New Canaan Police said they were securing search warrants in their criminal investigation.

    On Sunday, June 2, New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski announced Fotis and Michelle Troconis had been arrested in Avon on Saturday night around 11 p.m.

    Fotis and Troconis are each facing charges including tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the first degree, according to authorities.

    Both appeared in court on Monday, June 3 and bond was set at $500,000.  If they post bond, they will be subject to GPS monitoring and will be required to turn in their passports.

    They have also been ordered to have no contact with each other, with Jennifer or her family.

    Troconis has surrendered her passport and posted bond Monday. She was seen leaving court with a GPS monitoring device on her ankle.

    On Tuesday, June 4, state police were at the Materials Innovation Recycling Authority (MIRA), a trash facility in Hartford, in connection with Jennifer's disappearance. A source with knowledge of the investigation told NBC Connecticut that state police contacted MIRA on Friday about a garbage truck that made a collection on Tuesday, May 28.

    Also on Tuesday, Jennifer's mother, Gloria Farber, filed a motion in court for custody of the children. At a status hearing Wednesday, there were no changes made in custody. 

    On Wednesday, June 5, police executed search warrants properties owned by Fotis, including his home on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington and a property at 61 Sturburdge Hill Road in New Canaan.

    On Thursday, June 6, the attorney representing Fotis in the divorce and custody dispute filed a motion to withdraw from the case.

    The motion, filed Thursday by attorney Micheal Rose, states that considerations other than compensation will prevent the firm from continuing to represent Fotis.

    Also on Thursday, Michelle Troconis and her attorney met with investigators.

    Officers said both the missing person and criminal investigations are active and dynamic.

    As the criminal investigation progresses, authorities said additional criminal charges are expected.

    Jennifer has not been located and the search for her is ongoing, police added.

    On Friday, June 7, state police were back at Fotis's home on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington. NBC Connecticut crew saw a silver BMW matching the description of the one Troconis and her attorney were seen in at the home.

    Also on Friday night, Fotis hired prominent lawyer Norm Pattis to handle his case.

    On Saturday, June 8, troopers continued to search for evidence related to Jennifer's disappearance at MIRA in Hartford. A source tells NBC Connecticut that troopers are specifically looking for evidence that might have been picked up by a garbage truck and shredded inside the facility days after Jennifer disappeared.

    Also on Saturday, an employee at MIRA told NBC Connecticut that some of the clues related to Jennifer's disappearance may have been burned before police had the chance to search the facility.

    Fotis Dulos and Troconis appeared in court on Tuesday, June 11and both entered not guilty pleas. Later in the day, Fotis Dulos walked out of court in an orange jumpsuit after posting bond. An NBC Connecticut crew witnessed Fotis return to his Jefferson Crossing neighborhood in Farmington. 

    The same night, Jennifer Dulos' family released a new statement reminding the public not to lose sight of the "human cost" of the case, and asking anyone with information to contact investigators.

    On Wednesday, June 12, police said the state police dive team is searching a body of water on Old Farms Road in Avon in connection with the investigation. New Canaan police said state police are still at MIRA in Hartford as they search for evidence related to the disappearance of Jennifer.

    On Friday, June 14, police started searching a body of water at Fisher Meadows on Old Farm Road in Avon. They also continue to search at MIRA, the trash facility in Hartford.  

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