FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police did not find any criminal evidence related to a stained rug found in the Farmington River by a social media influencer and paranormal investigator.
The social media influencer said he believed the item could have been connected to the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos. She was last seen in May 2019.
Farmington police and state police detectives responded to the Farmington River around 2 p.m. Sunday to test several, large irregular stains on the rug. They determined the stains were not blood, and there was evidence it was related to any crime.
News 8 spoke with Kenneth Gray, a retired special agent with the FBI, about the discovery.
“Presumptive field tests show there was no blood on this rug,” Gray said. “The next step that would have been pursued was DNA — was not done — because there was no reason to believe this rug had any connection.”
State police said they found several rugs in the area and, after speaking with local kayakers, they learned rugs are used to launch and retrieve kayaks and to keep vegetation down at that location of the Farmington River.
The quest for answers in the disappearance of Farber Dulos continues as the cases against Michelle Troconis and Kent Mawhinney play out in court. Triconis, a former girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, and Mawhinney, a friend of Dulos, face charges in connection to her disappearance.
Dulos was charged with murder in January 2020 and died weeks later after a suicide attempt. He denied having anything to do with her disappearance.
State police ask people who find what might be evidence in a criminal investigation to contact 911 so that items can be processed and investigated by detectives and so that no potential evidence is contaminated.