Investigators are continuing their search for 50-year-old Jennifer Dulos at that trash and recycling center. Authorities say Dulos’ estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were caught dumping evidence in Hartford, which ended up in the facility off Brainard Road.
News 8 has confirmed that Michelle Troconis met with detectives working the Jennifer Dulos case at her attorney’s office in Westport Thursday afternoon. Sources tell us the meeting ended before 3:30 p.m.
Troconis has been free on bond for several days and has been seen coming and going from a hotel in Avon.
Officers were also at Fotis Dulos’ home in Farmington on Wednesday night serving a search warrant before returning to the residence on Thursday morning.
Fotis remains behind bars at the Bridgeport Correctional Center while investigators look into what happened to his estranged wife, Jennifer. The mother of five was living in New Canaan and was last seen almost two weeks ago. She and her husband were locked in a bitter custody battle.
On Thursday, News 8 learned that the divorce attorney for Fotis Dulos asked to be withdrawn from the case.
Phone records show Fotis making more than 30 stops in the North End of Hartford after Jennifer disappeared.
Investigators found trash at some of those stops that had Jennifer’s blood on it. But at some locations, they found dumpsters that had already been emptied. That’s why they have spent the past couple days combing through the giant garbage and recycling facility where that trash would have ended up.
“It’s a little frightening to know that this is taking place in our city, and it’s kind of scary that people from the suburbs would commit crime where it would give the city an image,” says Renee Smith, of Hartford.
“It’s a process to take it through the burner and everything, so they are probably looking through bags and whatever else. I mean, there is a lot of trash that goes over there from a whole bunch of different towns,” stated Compact Repairman Josh Armstrong.
This city worker said with the amount of trash there, it could take several more days or even weeks to find anything.
Leroy Keitt said, “And then you have other facilities coming here other towns. You’ve got maybe Windsor Locks through, you’ve got Simsbury, you’ve got Manchester. It ain’t only Hartford.”
The worker also said the facility is backed up. They’re not sure if it’s because of the holiday or the investigation.
A worker said, “There’s a pole. Once, it’s past the poll, you know they are backed up.”
State Police are using cadaver dogs to try and locate any evidence in this extensive investigation.
West Hartford Police Sergeant Thomas Lazure is in charge of his department’s canine unit. He said the canines “can be trained in multiple things, some dogs can go in the water and look for whether it’s human flesh or a drowned body, they can find anything with blood on it.”
Sergeant Lazure went on to add, “My dog has found small traces of blood, a drop of blood, the running from the scene and a half over a fence and they might cut themselves, and there is a droplet of blood, my dog is trying to stop put the blood between his legs and stare at it.”
Police have also been asking anyone with surveillance video that could have captured any “vehicular activity” that day Jennifer went missing to turn it over to investigators. This has yielded more than 70 responses. Authorities added that they have received more than 225 tips regarding Jennifer’s disappearance.
WEB EXTRA: News 8’s drone footage of Fotis Dulos’ Farmington home
State Police originally said that they would give us an update on how things are going at the trash facility on Thursday. However, they decided not to provide any updates. Instead, New Canaan police will disseminate information about the investigation once it becomes available.
There are no changes in custody for the Dulos children after a status conference was held in Stamford Wednesday morning.
WEB EXTRA: No custody changes made over children of Jennifer Dulos
An attorney who represents the children says that he spoke with them on Tuesday and that they are safe.
The status conference was held to decide who gets custody of Jennifer Dulos’ children but a hearing in that matter also still needs to be scheduled.
Dulos’ mother, 85-year-old Gloria Farber, says she wants to keep her five grandchildren — ages 8 to 13. They have been staying with the grandmother in her New York City apartment since their mother disappeared.
In court documents, Farber says she’s like a parent to the kids and that they regularly stay with her. Farber says taking them away from her and their nanny would be detrimental.
Jennifer and husband Fotis Dulos were going through a bitter divorce, which involved custody of their 5 children.
Four days after Jennifer disappeared, Fotis filed for full custody of the kids. Fotis is currently behind bars. Since January 2018, Fotis only had limited supervised visits with his kids.
In the motion, it also states that he has lied under oath and even put pressure on the kids to lie before.
Even as recently as March of 2019, he was not allowed to have private conversations with the children.
Read the full motion to intervene below: