The estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos was seen jogging with his ankle monitor again on Thursday, two days after being bailed out of jail on charges connected with her disappearance.
Fotis Dulos, 51, and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis have been charged with tampering with evidence in the disappearance of his ex-wife, 50-year-old Jennifer, who was last seen on May 24.
Police say they have surveillance video footage of a couple resembling Fotis and Michelle dumping trash bags off around Connecticut the night she vanished which they later found contained clothes and sponges that were soaked with Jennifer’s blood.
They have not recovered the mother’s body, however, and both Fotis and his ex-socialite girlfriend say they are innocent.
On Thursday, Fotis’ attorney claimed Michelle had even taken a polygraph test and passed it.
Fotis Dulos goes jogging with his ankle monitor on on Thursday, two days after posting bail for charges relating to the disappearance of his wife Jennifer
Dulos said nothing on Thursday as he jogged past reporters.
The 51-year-old father-of-five must keep his ankle tag on and has had to surrender his passport
He repeated his earlier claim that his client is innocent and said he was at home in the morning the day his ex-wife went missing and that cell phone and computer records will prove it.
Missing: Jennifer Dulos has not been seen since 8.30am on May 24 when she dropped her five kids off at school
He claims Fotis was on an international phone call with someone in Greece at some stage in the morning on May 24.
He believes that the phone and computer data keeps him at his home in Farmington, 70 miles from where Jennifer vanished in New Canaan, for so long that it would have been impossible for him to get to her, harm her and then return to his own house where his cell phone data puts him at 1.37pm.
‘Mr. Dulos did not cause his wife to disappear and he did not cause her harm.
‘We believe she may well have been a victim of foul play and we have started our own investigation into sources,’ Norm Pattis told a WLPR radio show on Thursday.
He went on to say that while Michelle had cooperated with police, it did not mean she was working against Fotis.
‘It’s not clear to me that she has gone into an agreement. I think she did agree to speak to the police and the result has ruled her out as a participant in foul play in New Canaan.
‘My understanding is she has taken a polygraph and the question on if she has any knowledge of any foul play or disposal of evidence. She satisfied police and she provided an alibi,’ Pattis said.
Fotis, a keen sportsman whose ex-wife said he forced their kids into water-skiing, did not comment as he left his house
Both Fotis and his socialite girlfriend, Michelle Troconis (leaving court on Tuesday) pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. His lawyer says she has given an alibi and passed a polygraph test about it
The above illustration shows the area of Connecticut where Jennifer vanished on May 24 and her ex’s movements throughout that day, 70 miles away in Farmington. He says his cell phone keeps him in that area until 11am and afterwards but his attorneys have not explained why his cell phone was also in an area where bloody trash bags, with Jennifer’s DNA was found, that night
Police say there was evidence that Jennifer had been attacked in the garage of her home in New Canaan (above). They found blood spatter and signs of a ‘serious physical assault’ in there and also found traces of her blood in the kitchen, they said
He went on to say the police had ‘wedded’ themselves to the idea that his client is guilty and will not consider other potential sources of foul play – which he claims his office is now looking in to.
Jennifer was last seen dropping off the couple’s kids at 8.30am in New Canaamn on May 24.
At 11am, she missed her first appointment of the day. She missed the second at 1pm.
At noon, a housekeeper went to her home and did not report anything suspicious. It was not until 7pm that night, when she had failed to pick up the five children from school, that she was reported missing.
Fotis claims he was at home with his lawyer until 9am on the same day. He says he then remained in his home until 11am and that his phone data will prove it.
Where he was between 11am and 1.37pm is a mystery but at 1.37pm, his cell phone showed him being in Farmington.
Throughout the afternoon, he visited a property that he owns through his property development company several times.
His cell phone then pinged that evening in the area of Hartford where a man, who resembled him and driving a similar car to him, was seen dropping trash bags off at different locations.
The bags contained sponges and clothes that were soaked in Jennifer’s blood, according to state forensic teams.
They also found her blood and Fotis’ DNA on the faucet of the kitchen of her New Canaan home, and what they described as evidence of a bloody assault and cover up in her garage.
Fotis’ attorney, however, has said it means nothing.
He claims that the bloody garbage bags are an ‘anomaly’ and that Fotis’ DNA was likely on the faucet because he’d been there days earlier.
He also says that if the housekeeper who visited the house at noon had seen a bloody crime scene, they would have reported it.
Police are seen at Fotis’ home in Farmington on Friday, where Troconis traveled with police after giving a videotaped interview to them in the presence of her attorney
Pattis added that he has not seen all of the evidence the state is claiming warrants his arrest, but said he is devoted to find out what happened to her.
He has not spoken of her remarks in divorce filings that she and her five children were afraid of Fotis who she said made her exhausted children train on waterskis for hours on end, against their will.
One of the locations police searched for her body was a pond that he allegedly used to force them to ski on.
Michelle Troconis’ lawyer has said next to nothing about the case other than to complain about the media coverage of it.
She led police through a search of the home she shares with Fotis earlier in the week.
Police using a boat with divers on board and sonar scanning search a lake in Avon, Connecticut, on Wednesday to look for the mother’s body