A black pickup truck belonging to the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos was seen in the town where she lived on the day she vanished – but he was not at the wheel, police have revealed.
Fotis Dulos, 51, and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis have been charged in connection with the disappearance of his ex-wife, 50-year-old Jennifer, who was last seen on May 24.
The pair were going through a contentious divorce and custody battle.
There has been no sign of Jennifer or her body since. Police are searching a pond near Fotis’ home and also a garbage disposal plant.
He insists he had nothing to do with her disappearance despite surveillance video footage showing a man who looks like him, driving the same car as him, dropping off trash bags at several locations that night.
The bags contained items of clothing and a sponge that were soaked in bloody. When tested, the blood was found to be Jennifer’s.
Now officers say a black Ford F-150 Raptor truck which belonged to Fotis’s home-building company Fore Group was in New Canaan on the day Jennifer vanished, but was being driven by an employee.
Meanwhile Fotis was driving the employee’s truck that day, before the pair switched vehicles in the afternoon.
He has not explained why they had swapped cars.
A truck belonging to Fotis Dulos (left) was seen in the town where his estranged wife Jennifer (right) lived on the day she disappeared – but an employee of his home-building company was driving it while he was driving the employee’s truck, police say
Fotis and girlfriend Michelle Troconis (pictured center) have been charged in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance after she was last seen on May 24
Police have seized the employee’s truck, his phone and computer as they hunt for evidence in Jennifer’s disappearance, the Hartford Courant reports.
Investigators are not treating the employee as a suspect, and his attorney said he is cooperating fully ‘and is just looking forward to moving on with his life.’
The employee was in New Canaan to work on a property that Fore Group was building there and which police have already searched.
Jennifer was last seen dropping the five children she had with Fotis off at school on May 24 before being reported missing at 7pm that day.
Police were called to her home and found dark patches in the garage which they say are consistent with blood stains, and other blood throughout the house.
Officers also say they have CCTV footage which shows Fotis and Troconis driving to a trash can near Farmington, where he lived, and dumping bags inside.
They say those bags were later found to contain items of clothing and sponges with traces of Jennifer’s blood on them.
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
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.
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.
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.
8.30am: Jennifer Dulos is seen for the last time dropping off her children at school
9am: Fotis Dulos’ meeting with an attorney, who has not been named, comes to an end at his home in Farmington, his lawyer says
11am: Fotis’ co-defendant and girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, comes home to their house in Farmington and confirms he is there. It is unclear where she had been.
12pm: Housekeeper goes to Jennifer Dulos’ home in New Canaan and finds nothing of note
1pm: Jennifer Dulos misses her second appointment of that day
1.37pm: Police say Fotis Dulos was back in Farmington but at a property his real estate company owns
3.38pm: He leaves the property
4.17pm: Cell phone has him arriving back at home. The drive is only 2 miles long. It is unclear where he went in between
5.21pm: Cell phone pings back to the house his company owns where he’d been earlier
5.34pm: Cell phone shows him arriving home
7pm: Jennifer’s friends and family report her missing
7.10pm: Fotis phone shows him in Hartford, near where trash bags containing his wife’s blood were found . Troconis’ phone also pings in the area
19.41 – Cell phone comes home
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