It started with a mother in New Canaan, 50-year-old Jennifer Dulos, missing on Friday, May 24, 2019, and it has now turned into a full-blown criminal investigation that spans local, state and federal law enforcement.
Two individuals were arrested on Saturday, June 1st, as investigators and Connecticut State Police were searching a house in Farmington, looking for the missing mother of five.
It was a massive police presence at the home, which is an about a mile from the Dulos family home.
51-year-old Fotis Dulos, Jennifer’s estranged husband, along with Michelle Troconis, 44-years-old, Fotis’ girlfriend, have been arrested for tampering with evidence and hindering the prosecution.
These charges come amid arrest warrants detailing surveillance video found of Fotis throwing away trash bags in Hartford containing traces of Jennifer Dulos’ blood as well as other household evidence (e.g. kitchen sponge).
Fotis was also seen on surveillance video disposing of licence plates, whose appearances were altered, in a storm drain in Hartford at Albany Avenue and Garden Street.
At the home, there were multiple stains on the garage floor which tested positive for human blood as well as multiple areas of suspected blood splatter. There was also evidence of attempts to clean the crime scene.
Those items were recovered by investigated and entered as evidence.
ARREST WARRANTS: Police say Fotis Dulos was captured in surveillance cameras getting rid of trash bags in Hartford. Investigators say they contained blood from Jennifer Dulos. Detectives also say Michelle Troconis tried to trash some altered license plates. @WTNH pic.twitter.com/Ud0gVS3gTL — Stephanie Simoni (@StephanieSimoni) June 3, 2019
After their arraignment on Monday, June 3rd, additional charges are expected for Fotis Dulos. He was held on $500,000.00 bail, which his attorney does not believe that Dulos will be able to post.
Troconis’ bail was also kept at $500,000.00 and she is able to post bail, however, will have to wear a GPS monitor and was ordered to not have contact with Fotis Dulos or the victim’s family.
WEB EXTRA: Warrants: Blood found in New Canaan home, garage amid search for missing mom
As of 2 p.m. on Monday, the FBI is searching New Canaan’s Waveny Park:
UPDATE: Michelle Troconis just arrived to the #Norwalk courthouse with her head down. She didn’t answer any questions. @WTNH pic.twitter.com/XtJPEGHNf2 — Stephanie Simoni (@StephanieSimoni) June 3, 2019
WEB EXTRA: FBI searches New Canaan’s Waveny Park
WEB EXTRA: Husband’s girlfriend Michelle Troconis arrives at court
The investigation was in full swing about a mile from the Doulos home. State, local, and federal law enforcement are investigating this case as the community watches on.
“They went to school with the kids, so it’s kind of like we didn’t know them too closely, but it’s when you know somebody in town and it’s just right around you, it’s scary!” Tess Clark of Farmington said.
The story has now gotten national attention as the mother of five just disappeared from her home in New Canaan.
In the last 48 hours, it has been a statewide investigation from New Canaan to Farmington to Hartford where State Police entered into a storm drain and searched dumpsters, using canines to smell for blood evidence and gun residue.
WEB EXTRA: Hartford Courant: Search for missing New Canaan mother intensifies
Detectives went street by street looking for video surveillance, witnesses or anything that would give them answers as to what happened to the mother of five.
“It’s just hard to imagine. I have three kids and nine grandchildren, and if one of them lost their parents, I would feel so bad for them,” Vincent Sgroi of Farmington added.
With the arrests, the disappearance, the search and the investigation, the peaceful neighborhoods in Farmington are on edge.
Two vigils were held on Sunday for the Dulos family.
Police are asking residents in the area if they do have any street-facing surveillance cameras to email them or give them a call and they will come out and look at it.
WEB EXTRA: New Canaan police robocall asks for surveillance video
WEB EXTRA: News 8 has the latest from the courthouse:
Web Extra: Candles left on doorsteps for Jennifer Dulos
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