Court documents are revealing more information on the case of a mother of five from New Canaan who has been missing for more than a week, including that blood was found at the home of Jennifer Dulos and that items tossed in garbage receptacles were found to contain her blood.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, has been missing since May 24 and police have been searching for her.
Over the weekend, police arrested her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle C. Troconis, and both have been charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the first degree in connection to the missing person case. Both appeared in court on Monday, where bond was set at $500,000.
Newly released court documents say that New Canaan Police who responded to Jennifer Dulos’ Welles Lane home to investigate her disappearance found several bloodstains on the garage floor and on a vehicle parked in the garage as well as “multiple areas of blood splatter.”
Later on that Friday, officers found Jennifer Dulos’ black SUV abandoned on Lapham Road by Waveny Park in New Canaan, around three miles from her home.
On May 25, the day after Jennifer Dulos disappeared, investigators made brief contact with Fotis Dulos.
“To date Dulos has declined to cooperate with the investigation,” court documents state.
The two have been going through a divorce.
In the initial 2017 affidavit, Jennifer Dulos wrote that 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.
The court documents released Monday also include details on where Fotis Dulos' cell phone and vehicle were believed to be after his estranged wife disappeared.
They say his cellphone left his Farmington home on May 24 and travelled to the area of 80 Mountain Spring Road, where it remained from 1:37 p.m. until 3:38 p.m., then back to his Farmington home at 4:17 p.m.
Fotis Dulos' cell phone returned to Mountain Spring Road at 5:21 p.m., then to his home at 5:34 p.m., court documents say.
This past Sunday, Connecticut State Police were seen searching at a home on Mountain Spring Road in Farmington linked to the Fore Group, which Fotis Dulos owns, but they did not release details about if the search was connected to the missing person case.
The arrest warrant application for Troconis says that around 7:10 p.m. on Friday, May 24, Fotis Dulos’ phone travelled to the area of Albany Avenue in the North End of Hartford and surveillance video showed him return home around 8:10 p.m.
Investigators obtained surveillance camera footage from Hartford Police and video of a black Ford Raptor that matched characteristics of Fotis Dulos’ vehicle, court documents state. That truck stopped at more than 30 locations along a four-mile stretch of Albany Avenue, between Baltimore and Edward streets.
The videos also show a man matching Fotis Dulos’ description place several garbage bags in various trash receptacles and some of the discarded items appeared to be stained with blood, according to details from the arrest warrant application.
One video clip also showed a woman whose appearance was consistent with Troconis lean out of the passenger seat of the pickup and either put something on the ground or pick it up, according to police.
Another video showed a man put something into a storm drain grate, the documents state.
An item police removed from a grate was a FedEx box containing two Connecticut license plates that had been altered and the actual plates were canceled on a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban owned by Dulos, according to police.
While searching trash receptacles, police found garbage bags with clothing that appeared to be stained with blood, a kitchen sponge that had blood-like stains and other items, according to court documents.
The items were sent to the state police lab for testing, which revealed that they found Jennifer Dulos’ blood, court documents state.
Fotis Dulos and Troconis both appeared in court on Monday.