Jennifer Dulos, a 50-year-old mother of five, has now been missing for two weeks and the search for information on what happened to her spans New Canaan, Farmington and Hartford.
In the last two weeks, New Canaan police have received more than 225 tips regarding the disappearance and nearly 70 people have responded to their request for surveillance video.
In a news release, they said that they will “continue to diligently comb through mountains of trash at the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority in Hartford for evidence in search of evidence pertaining to the investigation.”
State police on Friday returned to the Farmington home of 51-year-old Fotis Dulos, the missing woman’s estranged husband.
Police also searched a New Canaan home connected to Fotis Dulos’ construction company.
Jennifer Dulos was last seen on the morning of May 24 when she dropped her children off at New Canaan Country School. She was reported missing that night after failing to show up for doctor appointments in New York City. Her friends tried to contact her and became concerned when they were unable to reach her.
Court documents say officers who went to her home after she was reported missing found blood in her garage and “evidence of attempts to clean the crime scene.” Evidence at the home led police to fear that Jennifer Dulos was the victim of a serious assault.
They have both been charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the first degree in connection to the missing person case.
Fotis remains in police custody and has been ordered to have no contact with Jennifer’s family or his children.
New Canaan police said search warrants have been served on properties owned by Fotis Dulos. Police vehicles and several state police detectives with K9s were at Fotis home on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington this week and state police. On Friday afternoon, state police said they are at Fotis Dulos' Farmington home.
State police also said they searched a property at 61 Sturbridge Hill Road in New Canaan but are not releasing details of the searches.
According to court documents, surveillance cameras picked up video of a pickup similar to one owned by Fotis Dulos that shows the truck stopping more than 30 times over a four-mile stretch of Albany Avenue in Hartford and a man putting garbage in trash cans. The documents also say that state police found several bags they say contained clothing and a kitchen sponge that were covered in Jennifer Dulos’ blood.
As the search for Jennifer continues, her mother, Gloria Farber, has filed for custody of Jennifer and Fotis’ five children but no change was made in custody during a status conference Wednesday. A hearing will be scheduled on custody.
Jennifer Fotis lived in Farmington and moved to New Canaan around the time she filed for divorce.
On Thursday the attorney representing Fotis Dulos in the divorce and custody dispute filed a motion to withdraw from the case.
The motion, filed Thursday by attorney Michael Rose, states that considerations other than compensation will prevent the firm from continuing to represent Fotis.
The head of school at New Canaan Country School, the school the Dulos children attend, released a statement on Thursday about the disappearance.
"As a school that believes deeply in the sanctity of childhood and as a tight-knit community of people who believe in our common humanity, we are heartbroken about Jennifer Dulos’s disappearance. We know Jennifer as a devoted mother, a dedicated member of our parent community and an active volunteer. Over the last two years, she had a daily presence on campus, and her kindness and warmth have been palpable to everyone who has come into contact with her. We continue to support the five beautiful Dulos children, who are beloved members of the New Canaan Country School community, along with all of our NCCS community during this unbearably difficult time. We thank the news media for helping us to protect the privacy of our students and focus on their school activities during this time when routine and normalcy is so vitaL," Head of School Aaron Cooper, New Canaan Country School, said in a statement.