New Canaan mom Jennifer Dulos is missing: Here’s what we know
Tuesday, Aug. 5
A lawyer representing Jennifer Dulos’ mother wants a forensic auditor to examine the “highly suspect” books for Fotis Dulos’ business.
The information comes from an objection filed in response to a motion from Fotis Dulos’ lawyer calling for his mother-in-law to post at least a $500,000 bond to protect his client and his company, Fore Group.
Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, is suing Fotis Dulos and his high-end home development firm, Fore Group, claiming the company owes her millions of dollars in loans that haven’t been paid back.
A judge last September granted Farber’s request for a pre-judgment remedy in the case of $500,000.
In the filing, Farber’s lawyer, Richard Weinstein, contradicted a filing from Fotis Dulos’ lawyer that his mother-in-law had made “reckless allegations” against him that have hurt the business.
Weinstein said Fotis Dulos can help his case easily — by agreeing to open his company’s books.
“While the defendants in this case claim that the wrongful attachment or garnishment is based on ‘reckless allegations’ that have already adversely affected the business of the defendants, the plaintiff is most anxious to investigate such allegations and seeks to conduct a forensic audit of the Fore Group’s business and its dealings with Fotis Dulos,” Weinstein wrote in the motion.
Evidence gathered in the case already indicates unusual accounting practices related to Fotis Dulos reimbursing himself for expenses, the filing said.
In another development, Fotis Dulos offered a room in his Farmington home where his civil lawsuit attorney and his estranged wife could be “intimate” in an effort to mend their failing marriage, according to court documents detailing his involvement in their divorce.
In the days leading up to his own wife’s disappearance, Fotis Dulos tried to help his friend and attorney, Kent Mawhinney, save his marriage, but instead got him arrested.
Mawhinney has been charged with violating a protective order by having Fotis Dulos contact his estranged wife, according to his arrest warrant.
The woman’s contact with Fotis Dulos occurred just days before his wife disappeared.
Mawhinney’s estranged wife will instead testify Tuesday in Hartford Family Court about the past few months of her divorce, including her dealings with Fotis Dulos, according to her attorney, Zenas Zelotes.
“It’s a disturbing set of facts,” Zelotes said Monday.
It began in January soon after divorce documents were filed when Mawhinney was charged with sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship, second-degree unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct, according to online state judicial records.
Mawhinney’s wife accused him of forcing her to have sex in exchange for living at their home rent free, according to the woman’s affidavit asking the court to issue a restraining order and require Mawhinney to remove his name as the beneficiary of her $750,000 life insurance policy.
A few months later, the woman called police about a man who showed up at her home with a crowbar and a gas can, court documents state. The woman believed the man was hired by her husband to harm her, according to court documents.
The man was connected to Mawhinney, who told police he asked him about six months earlier to fix the garage door, court documents state. No arrests were made.
Monday, Aug. 4
Attorneys for Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband have renewed their calls for police to return his belongings they seized when he was arrested.
Defense attorneys for Fotis Dulos filed a second motion on Monday, requesting his motor vehicles to be returned.
“Mr. Dulos has endured the expense of renting motor vehicles of business and professional use while the state remains in possession of his motor vehicles,” according to the motion filed at the Stamford courthouse by defense attorney Norm Pattis.
The motion does not specify the vehicles the police have seized. But a motion defense attorneys filed in June that still awaits a judge’s decision lists a Ford Raptor pickup truck, Chevy Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, two phones, several computers, a server, hard drive and two external drives as the belongings Fotis Dulos wants returned.
Saturday, Aug. 3
A knife found in a Hartford trash can in the days after Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance was traded for $5 worth of crack cocaine, a man who was released from prison this week told the Hartford Courant.
The man, who was charged with misdemeanor failure to appear and trespassing, claimed he found a blood-soaked pillow in a trash can on Albany Avenue near Garden Street sometime on Memorial Day weekend after Jennifer Dulos disappeared on May 24, the Courant reported.
The man said beneath the pillow he found what he described as a fishing knife that he traded to a guy he only knows as “Fudge” for crack cocaine, the Courant reported.
However, there is no mention of a pillow being found in the list of items police reported in arrest warrants. A police source told Hearst Connecticut Media that without finding the knife, there is no way to know if it’s connected to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
Friday, Aug 1
The attorney representing Jennifer Dulos’ mother is continuing his push to have Michelle Troconis deposed in a civil lawsuit, while Fotis Dulos wants the 85-year-old woman to put up a bond to protect his business.
Attorney Richard Weinstein, representing Gloria Farber, filed a new motion Wednesday in his quest to question Troconis about the $2.5 million his client says Fotis Dulos owes her family for unpaid loans he used for his real estate development company.
Weinstein’s 28-page court filing was in response to attorney Andrew Bowman’s motion to quash the subpoena for Troconis.
Judge David Sheriden denied Weinstein’s request for an emergency hearing since he said it was not necessary to have Troconis immediately deposed.
An attorney representing Fotis Dulos filed his own motion, calling for Farber to post at least a $500,000 bond to protect his client and his company, Fore Group.
Thursday, Aug. 1
An attorney who represented Fotis Dulos up until a few weeks ago in his mother-in-law’s civil lawsuit has been accused of spousal rape and charged with violating a protective order involving his estranged wife who believes he “wanted her dead,” police said.
Kent Douglas Mawhinney, 53, a South Windsor attorney, was charged last month with violating the terms of the protective order by using Fotis Dulos to contact his estranged wife in an attempt to arrange a meeting with her, according to an arrest warrant.
Mawhinney’s wife told police she believed Fotis Dulos was working with her estranged husband “to get rid of her,” according to the arrest warrant. Fotis Dulos briefly met with the woman in West Hartford on May 19, according to the warrant, and then contacted her on May 20 and May 21 — three days before his own wife vanished.
Wednesday, July 31
A report published Wednesday saying a bloodstained T-shirt Jennifer Dulos was believed to be wearing the day she disappeared was found in the area her estranged husband was allegedly seen ditching trash “sounds like desperate speculation,” his lawyer said.
Police recovered the Vineyard Vines shirt and other items stained with Jennifer Dulos’ blood from a Hartford garbage bin, according to the Hartford Courant, citing law enforcement sources.
That’s where Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was seen on surveillance videos throwing several bags into trash cans and dumpsters the night of May 24, around the time the 50-year-old mother of five was reported missing, according to arrest warrants.
In a statement, Fotis Dulos’ lawyer Norm Pattis said the revelation was news to him.
“I am unaware of any evidence about what she was wearing when she disappeared,” he said. “This sounds like desperate speculation.
Tuesday, July 30
Norm Pattis filed a motion to withdraw as Fotis Dulos’ divorce attorney, but will continue to represent him in the criminal proceedings where he is charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in his estranged wife’s disappearance.
Pattis said in his court filing that Fotis Dulos and co-counsel Richard Rochlin do not object to him withdrawing from the divorce case.
Pattis’ request comes one day after he and Rochlin withdrew their motion to suspend the divorce case. They had argued last month that the proceedings should be halted because Jennifer Dulos is not able to participate.
Meanwhile, attorneys for Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, filed a motion of their own Tuesday morning, requesting the 85-year-old woman be granted sole custody of the couple’s five children.
Jennifer Dulos’ mother wants to get Michelle Troconis on the record.
But not to talk about anything to do with the disappearance of her daughter, her lawyers said in a court filing Monday.
“The plaintiff seeks the deposition of Michelle Troconis not in regard to the allegations set forth in the criminal case against her, or the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and potential harm to Jennifer Farber Dulos, but rather concerning the outstanding claims against the defendants, her role at the Fore Group, her knowledge and involvement in regard to expenses paid for by the Fore Group or reimbursed to the defendant (Fotis) Dulos from the Fore Group, none of which implicate the present criminal charge(s) pending against the deponent,” Farber’s lawyers wrote in the motion filed in state Superior Court in Hartford.
The filing comes on the heels of a request Friday by Farber’s lawyers for an “emergency hearing” this week on their request to depose Michelle Troconis.
Farber has accused her son-in-law of failing to repay millions in loans he used for his business.
Sunday, July 28
There are nearly 600 defendants awaiting trial and sentenced offenders wearing court-ordered electronic monitoring devices in Connecticut.
They generally go about their daily business without much attention while their movements are tracked, according to Judicial Branch officials from the Court Support Services Division, which runs the electronic monitoring program.
But two of the state’s most recognizable defendants — Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis — have created a recent stir about their monitoring devices.
Fotis Dulos and Troconis have each pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. The GPS monitoring devices are tracking their movements while they are each out on $500,000 bond.
Troconis received permission to travel out of state from June 30 to July 17, but returned to Connecticut after just one day because her GPS unit had poor reception where she was staying in New York, according to Robert Colangelo, the state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford and Norwalk who is prosecuting the case.
Colangelo was surprised and angered when he wasn’t informed about the malfunction until Troconis appeared in court on July 18.
“I found out about it by reading it in the bail commissioner’s report,” Colangelo said last week. “We were not notified. As a state’s attorney, if there is any violation in a case I’m involved in, one would hope that the court and I would be notified.”
Friday, July 26
Defense attorney Norm Pattis said he is underwhelmed by evidence turned over by prosecutors so far in the Jennifer Dulos disappearance case.
“It was like waking up Christmas morning and getting an IOU,” Pattis said during an interview with WPLR’s Chaz and AJ.
“We still don’t have the evidence that they say they have, even,” he said.
In a motion to dismiss hindering prosecution and evidence tampering charges against Fotis Dulos, Pattis said prosecutors turned over discovery to him Monday consisting only of 26 CDs containing videos “purporting to show the defendant.”
Surveillance videos depict Fotis Dulos tossing garbage bags that were later found to contain his wife’s blood, according to arrest warrants.
Pattis, who said the defense team couldn’t open some of the videos and would need them copied again, said he wasn’t troubled by what he did see.
“I didn’t see him on an avenue discarding material in a clear video,” he said.
“In some instances, we saw grainy photographs of trucks that resembled his,” Pattis said. “We saw grainy evidence that did not even show license plate numbers, much less persons. I was sort of disappointed. I’m assuming that the state is acting in good faith and that they just didn’t give us everything they were supposed to. But what we’ve seen thus far gives us no problems at all.”
Thursday, July 25
Judge Donna Heller on Thursday handed down a ruling granting Gloria Farber, Jennifer Dulos’ mother, the right to intervene in her daughter’s contentious two-year divorce case that will at least temporarily keep her five grandchildren in her care.
In the ruling, the judge noted how Fotis Dulos has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. His girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, faces the same charges.
Fotis Dulos is considering an appeal of a judge’s ruling granting his mother-in-law temporary custody of his five children.
“This is a travesty of justice,” his divorce lawyer, Rich Rochlin, said Friday. “We are evaluating his appellate options.”
Rochlin blamed the prosecution for costing Fotis Dulos access to his children.
“Fotis misses his children deeply,” Rochlin said in a statement. “The irresponsible manner in which the state has proceeded against him is costing his children the chance for a real relationship with a man who loves them deeply.”
A message was left with Farber’s lawyer, Anne Dranginis.
Farber has been caring for the five children since Jennifer Dulos was reported missing on May 24.
The judge ruled that she has demonstrated a required “parent-like relationship” with the children, ages 8 to 13, who have been staying at her 1,500-square-foot New York City apartment with their full-time caregiver since the disappearance.
The children are healthy, entertaining themselves and taking school lessons, Michael Meehan, a guardian ad litem appointed to represent their interests, found during a visit last month, the judge noted.
Wednesday, July 24
It’s been two months since Jennifer Dulos was reported missing.
It was this time last year when Jennifer Dulos shared her favorite childhood spot — Fire Island — with her five children.
One year later, her children and the rest of her family and friends “miss her beyond words,” according to a statement released Wednesday, which marked two months since the 50-year-old New Canaan mother went missing.
“Please know that the five children are doing well, surrounded by love and support,” the statement from Carrie Luft, a friend of Jennifer Dulos, said.
“The flow of support from the New Canaan and Farmington/Avon communities, individuals as well as organizations, has helped keep us going during this ordeal,” Luft said. “We are very grateful to all of you. And we express our deepest thanks to the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their tireless efforts on the case.”
Police said Wednesday they’re still sifting through hundreds of tips they’ve received as part of the investigation and “will not rest until we find Jennifer.”
“This remains a very active and dynamic investigation that involves dozens of investigators,” New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro said. “At this time, a component of the investigation includes filtering through the tips and leads that continue to come in to the tip line and through the website.
Monday, July 22
Here are eight key developments in the Jennifer Dulos case.
Sunday, July 21
The Jennifer and Dolos divorce case could have a lasting impact on CT family courts, attorneys say.
For two years, Jennifer Dulos had been fighting a legal battle against her husband, Fotis Dulos, in state Superior Court in Stamford, where she filed for divorce in June 2017. Jennifer Dulos said, according to court documents, she worried for her well-being because her husband harbored “sickening revenge fantasies.”
The facts of the Dulos case — a missing wife who had primary custody of the couple’s children, the husband’s access restricted, a grandmother attempting to intervene — could present some novel legal questions for judges to consider.
Alice McQuaid, a Norwalk family lawyer, isn’t involved in the case but said she saw Jennifer Dulos in court occasionally.
McQuaid said she and other lawyers and mothers from the area worry that Jennifer Dulos was a victim of domestic violence, a common concern in such cases.
More than 300 motions were filed by the Duloses in their two-year divorce battle before the disappearance. Data shared by the Judicial Branch on Thursday indicates that the Dulos case may be among the most litigious of all divorce cases in Connecticut.
Only three Connecticut cases of more than 11,000 disposed in fiscal year 2019 had more than 200 filings by the plaintiff and defendants before a judgment was reached.
Friday, July 19
Attorneys for Jennifer Dulos’ mother say Fotis Dulos has for years demonstrated characteristics of being an unfit parent and has continued to show an “inability to act in the best interests of the children” since the disappearance.
Gloria Farber’s attorneys made the claims in a response to Fotis Dulos’ request for a family court judge to dismiss the 85-year-old’s bid to intervene in the contentious two-year divorce.
Gloria Farber has been caring for the five Dulos children since her daughter vanished on May 24.
The memorandum of law filed by attorneys Anne Dranginis and Kelly Scott, representing Farber, points out that Heller, who was overseeing the divorce, had already stipulated that Fotis Dulos could only see his children during closely supervised visits prior to their mother's disappearance because of his behavior.
Thursday, July 18
Michelle Troconis — charged in the disappearance of New Canaan mother Jennifer Dulos — had her court-approved trip out of state cut short after just one day because of issues with her GPS monitoring device.
State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo raised the issue during a 90-second pretrial hearing in Troconis’ case Thursday.
Judge Gary White last month granted defense attorney Andrew Bowman’s request to allow his client to travel out of state from June 30 to July 17. Colangelo had requested Troconis to be on a “tight leash” and confined to the property where she was staying.
“Apparently, she was back in Connecticut the next day,” Colangelo said in court Thursday. “No one notified the state and I don’t think anyone notified the court of that, either.”
Bowman said his client’s GPS monitoring device had a weak signal, so she returned to Connecticut and stayed.
Bowman said his client has been in compliance with her bond conditions and requested a continuance to Aug. 19, which was granted.
Wednesday, July 17
Fotis Dulos’ lawyer is asking a judge for access to his estranged wife’s medical records, which he says may support his theory that Jennifer Dulos staged her own disappearance to frame her husband.
Defense attorney Norm Pattis first floated the theory last month that Jennifer Dulos could have authored her own disappearance a la the novel “Gone Girl.”
During a court appearance days later, Pattis suggested that Jennifer Dulos might have perpetrated a “revenge suicide” plot.
In a motion mailed to the court Wednesday, Pattis asked a judge to review Jennifer Dulos’ medical records with a view to eventually using them in his defense.
Tuesday, July 16
A Superior Court judge has sealed all search warrants executed during the expansive investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos for 90 days.
Stamford Superior Court Judge John F. Blawie wrote, “The court finds that due to the nature and circumstances of this case and the ongoing investigation, the state’s interest in continuing non-disclosure outweighs any right to public disclosure at this time,” Blawie wrote in his decision.
Officials at state Superior Court in Stamford said they do not know how many search warrants have been issued and executed as part of the eight-week investigation. It is also unclear whether attorneys representing Fotis Dulos and Troconis will be given access to the search warrants.
Monday, July 15
Patrick McKenna, the high-profile private investigator who helped win acquittals on murder charges for Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson, has been hired by Fotis Dulos’ defense team, according to sources connected to the case.
Attorney Norm Pattis, representing Fotis Dulos, has said the defense team has hired its own private investigator to look into the case.
McKenna declined to comment when asked about the Fotis Dulos case. McKenna referred questions to Pattis, who also declined to comment.
"I'm not going to comment on the investigation at this time," Pattis said.
It’s unclear who is paying for McKenna’s work. While Fotis Dulos was held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center for 10 days on $500,000 bond following his June 1 arrest, Pattis said his client was trying to find enough resources to post the required 10 percent to be released. Fotis Dulos was released after paying $35,150 when he pleaded not guilty on June 11.
Friday, July 12
Do-it-all mom Jennifer Dulos now missing for seven weeks.
Every morning the five Dulos children would tumble out of their mother’s black Chevy Suburban ready to greet the day, recalled Jeffrey Tremblay, the former head of the Lower School at Renbrook School in West Hartford.
“Her kids would come bounding out of the car ready to learn,” said Tremblay, who now leads the Levey Day School in Portland, Maine. “The children were very happy, they loved, loved, loved their mother.”
Thursday, July 11
Video footage that police say shows Fotis Dulos tossing trash bags containing his estranged wife’s blood is not yet ready for public consumption.
New Canaan police have denied Hearst Connecticut Media’s request for the videos, which show two people matching the descriptions of Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, on Albany Avenue in Hartford around the time Jennifer Dulos was reported missing on May 24, according to arrest warrants.
“After a careful review, we determined that in accordance with C.G.S-1-210, et seq., the records you requested are not disclosable,” New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski wrote in an email on Wednesday.
Sec. 1 -210 is a broad subsection of state Freedom of Information law that delineates which records held by public agencies can be considered exempt from public view. Only certain aspects of the section are actually prohibited from release by Connecticut state law. Government agencies can release information that would fall under the exemptions if they choose.
The subsection Krolikowski cited lists several exemptions, including records of law enforcement not otherwise available to the public, records gathered as part of an ongoing investigation, records that could be prejudicial to an ongoing investigation, videos or recordings of a murder that would be an invasion of privacy to the victim, records of juvenile arrests, and several other categories including trade secrets, ongoing negotiations in lawsuits and medical records.
Wednesday, July 10
Attorney Norm Pattis said Wednesday he has yet to hear if investigators have a “smoking gun” connecting his client to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
But Pattis later conceded that surveillance videos of Fotis Dulos dumping garbage bags that police said contained his estranged wife’s blood “was a very awkward set of facts.”
“There is an explanation, but we’re not going to give it,” until it’s time to present it to a jury, Pattis said Wednesday afternoon. “I think when we do it, it will appear a lot less troubling.”
Pattis said he has not received any of the evidence in the case aside from the arrest warrant in the public court file. He said he is waiting for photos, diagrams, police reports and other evidence gathered during the massive investigation.
“I have zero at this point,” he said.
“The description of the scene in the garage is that there was a violent struggle,” Pattis said. “I want to see more of that. I want to see how violent it was.”
Tuesday, July 9
The attorneys for Jennifer Dulos’ mother are calling for sanctions against Fotis Dulos for failing to appear for a deposition this week.
Richard Weinstein, who is representing Gloria Farber and her late husband’s estate, filed a motion on Wednesday requesting the court to enter a default against Fotis Dulos and his real estate development company, Fore Group.
Farber has filed two civil lawsuits against Fotis Dulos, accusing him of failing to repay nearly $2 million in loans he used to purchase and develop homes for his company. Fotis Dulos has contended that the funds were gifts and were not expected to be paid back.
Weinstein said notice of Tuesday’s meeting was sent two weeks ago to Fotis Dulos’ attorneys, Kent Mawhinney and John Clifford. However, those attorneys filed notice with the court last month to be withdrawn from the case. Rich Rochlin, who is representing Fotis Dulos in his divorce case, said Wednesday that they are seeking a new attorney to handle the civil lawsuits.
Monday, July 8
Jennifer Dulos felt her estranged husband pushed their children to “dangerous” limits to be competitive water skiers, but others saw Fotis Dulos as a “caring father” and mentor on the pond.
Nancy Mastrocosta, secretary general of the Hellenic Waterski and Wakeboard Federation in Athens, Greece, released a statement Sunday night through Fotis Dulos’ divorce attorney.
Mastrocosta said she got to know Fotis Dulos and his five children when they competed in the Greek Waterski Nationals for four years between 2013 and 2016 at the Hellenic Waterski and Wakeboard Training Center.
“The children developed friendships and bonds beyond their family and we all looked forward to see them year after year when they visited,” Mastrocosta said in the statement. “Having read some of the comments about the children and Fotis, I believe the truth is misrepresented and I would like to mention the following based on my observations which by the way are universally shared among parents, coaches and athletes across countries.”
Sunday, July 7
A flamboyant ‘high-wire act’ the norm for Fotis Dulos attorney Norm Pattis.
Pattis had publicly indicated he was looking at a “revenge suicide” theory as an explanation for Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
Pattis’ flamboyant style and bombastic allegations regarding the victim, whose disappearance has sparked a five-week, two-state search involving hundreds of police man hours, have given some defense attorneys and domestic violence advocates pause.
“He’s floating theories out there and he’s making comments on evidence and he knows the government can’t respond,” Westport attorney Elliot Warren said. “That’s his style. He’ll be broadcasting his client’s innocence right up until the last minute.”
But New Canaan Attorney Matthew Maddox pointed out that Pattis is simply pulling together a vigorous defense, which nowadays, includes playing directly to social media rather than letting the court record speak for itself.
“It’s nearly 2020,” Maddox said. “I think some attorneys understand that there is no real distinction any longer between traditional reporting and what’s happening on social media. Everything is happening simultaneously. We now live in a social media-commandeered environment.”
Friday, July 5
The author of the fictional novel “Girl Girl” said it “sickens” her that a defense attorney has used her storyline as a possible theory for Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
Gillian Flynn, who wrote the 2012 book that was turned into a movie, issued a statement Friday, blasting attorney Norm Pattis, who said Jennifer Dulos once wrote a similar 500-page manuscript and could have used her “florid imagination” to frame her estranged husband.
“This situation is so incredibly painful, I can’t imagine what her children, her family, and all those close to her are going through. I am deeply sorry for Jennifer and her loved ones,” Flynn wrote in a statement obtained by WTNH.
“I’ve seen in recent coverage that Jennifer’s husband and his defense attorney have put forward a so-called ‘Gone Girl theory’ to explain Jennifer’s disappearance. It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos’s lawyer as a defense, and as a hypothetical, sensationalized motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance.”
Wednesday, July 3
New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said the town has never seen an investigation as expansive as the search for Jennifer Dulos.
“It’s a missing person investigation, it’s a criminal investigation, it literally encompasses the entire state,” Krolikowski told Hearst Connecticut Media. “I’ve never seen anything the scale of this. Every day I’m impressed with everyone’s work and how committed everyone is to finalizing this.”
Investigators have received more than 1,100 tips and 80 videos in the search for the 50-year-old mother of five, last seen May 24 when she dropped her children off at New Canaan Country School.
“It’s really piecing together a really complex puzzle trying to get at what happened,” Krolikowski said.
At any given time as many as “a couple dozen” investigators are working the case. But Krolikowski would not go into specifics of the search.
“It’s still a missing person investigation and a criminal investigation,” he said. “It’s very dynamic, there are lots of things that have to be done.”
Tuesday, July 2
Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing mother of five Jennifer Farber Dulos, maintained his innocence in her disappearance during his first one-on-one interview since his arrest on charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
“I know what I’ve done, and I know what I haven’t done. So, I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out,” Fotis Dulos said Tuesday while sitting in his Farmington home during an interview with NBC 4 New York.
In the interview, the NBC New York reporter Sarah Wallace asks Fotis Dulos if he wants to say anything to his estranged wife’s family. In his reply, he mentioned the statement released by his sister Monday and said he sends his prayers.
“I had my differences with Jennifer, like many people do when they go through a marriage,” Fotis Dulos said. “It didn’t work out for us, but that doesn’t mean that I wish her ill in any way.”
Fotis Dulos told NBC New York he believes the legal process will clear his name.
“I have faith in the system, and in the police and the legal system, and hopefully we’ll have some answers soon,” he said. “I never follow the tabloids, and I don't care about the threats. I don't care about malicious comments and about comments from people who don't know me."
He went on to say he knows many people following the case in the media are already convinced he’s guilty.
Monday, July 1
In a phone interview from Greece, Fotis Dulos’ sister tells Hearst Connecticut Media that said the man she “almost raised” is far different than the person being portrayed in the disappearance of his estranged wife.
“I have many hopes that this will end good,” Rena Dulos said.
She said she reached out to the media in an effort to balance how her brother is portrayed publicly.
“I almost raised him,” Rena Dulos said. “I know him so very well. I think it’s my obligation to make a statement on behalf of the family and friends.”
In a prepared statement, she said that her brother, “despite any personal differences with Jennifer, truly and sincerely holds her in his prayers and who would want nothing more than to know that she is well and could ultimately return to their children.”
Rena Dulos said she is an architect in Athens, where she said Fotis still has many friends and family members who do not believe he would be capable of harming his wife.
Rena Dulos said her daughters have recently visited her brother in Connecticut and she expects to come here in the coming weeks to show support for him.
She said the absence of his children is taking a toll on her brother.
The Greek Orthodox name day of one of the children passed recently, Rena Dulos said.
“He couldn’t celebrate with them,” she said.
Sunday, June 30
Michelle Troconis is now allowed to leave Connecticut until July 17.
Saturday, June 29
Lawyers representing Fotis Dulos asked a judge to halt his two-year divorce case because his estranged wife is still missing.
Lawyers Norm Pattis and Richard Rochlin argued in a motion filed late Friday that her absence deprives their client of “due process.” They said Jennifer Dulos’ attorney, Reuben Midler, should not be allowed to file motions without his client.
“Obviously, Fotis wants to see his children,” Pattis said in a prepared statement. “We will address that in due course. In the meantime, we do not see how the divorce action can fairly and equitably proceed in her absence. Her counsel continues to chest thump in the apparent absence of a client. We are asking the court to stop the wasteful charade.”
Friday, June 28
Michelle Troconis will be leaving the state this weekend and Fotis Dulos won’t be able to say goodbye.
As the search for Jennifer Dulos reached five weeks, a state Superior Court judge on Friday granted Troconis’ request to leave Connecticut for several weeks starting on Sunday, and banned Fotis Dulos from having any contact with her.
The ruling came after Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, said this week that Troconis should not even be charged in the case.
In a motion filed Tuesday, Westport attorney Andrew Bowman requested for Troconis to be allowed to travel out of the state starting Sunday until July 17, one day before her next scheduled court appearance in the criminal case.
Bowman said his client would be staying “with a responsible party completely unconnected with this case who has known the defendant since she was 15 years of age when the defendant lived with her family for one year.”
Bowman’s motion also asked the court to prohibit “Fotis Dulos or his attorneys, agents or representatives from having any contact whatsoever, whether in-person, electronic, telephonic or in any other way, with defendant Michelle Troconis.”
Thursday, June 27
Wednesday, June 26
Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since her disappearance, which his attorney is now claiming may have been the result of a “revenge suicide” plot.
Fotis Dulos walked out of Superior Court with a message for his five children, who he has not seen since two days before his wife went missing May 24.
“I just want to tell my children that they are constantly on my mind,” Fotis Dulos told reporters outside the Stamford courthouse while standing next to his lawyers. “I love them and miss them very much.”
His comments came after he and his attorneys appeared in Stamford family court, where Norm Pattis claimed the defense team is examining a possible “revenge suicide hypothesis as an explanation” for Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
Michael Meehan, a Bridgeport attorney and a court-appointed guardian ad litem for the five Dulos children, requested Wednesday’s hearing.
Meehan accused Pattis of violating a court order that sealed a recent custody and psychological evaluation done on the family by speaking to the media about Jennifer Dulos’ psychological status. Those comments could be seen by her children, Meehan said.
Judge Donna Heller ruled Wednesday the report will remain sealed and attorneys cannot speak about its contents outside the courtroom.
Also Wednesday, the lawyer for Michelle Troconis asked a judge to prohibit Fotis Dulos and his attorneys from contacting her and permission for his client to travel out of state for nearly a month.
Westport attorney Andrew Bowman filed the motion in the criminal case related to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. The motion was filed Tuesday, one day after Fotis Dulos’ lawyer requested a judge to clarify the conditions of his client’s release because he wanted to see Troconis.
Norm Pattis claimed in his motion that Troconis was overheard saying she still loves Fotis Dulos when she retrieved her belongings from his Farmington home last weekend.
However, Bowman said Pattis’ recent statements and motions have been “filed and made solely to serve the purposes and interests of Mr. Dulos at the expense of Michelle Troconis.”
Bowman’s motion asks the court to prohibit “Fotis Dulos or his attorneys, agents or representatives from having any contact whatsoever, whether in-person, electronic, telephonic or in any other way, with defendant Michelle Troconis.”
The motion also asks the court to allow Troconis to travel out of state from June 30 to July 17 “to stay with a responsible party completely unconnected with this case who has known the defendant since she was 15 years of age when the defendant lived with her family for one year.”
A hearing has been scheduled on the motion for Friday at state Superior Court in Stamford.
Tuesday, June 25
New Canaan police said Tuesday that state police have concluded the search at the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority in Hartford where investigators had spent three weeks sifting through more than 30 tons of trash for evidence in the case.
New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said authorities have received more than 950 tips and about 80 responses to their request for home and business security video for the days surrounding Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
“This remains a very active and dynamic investigation that involves dozens of investigators,” Krolikowski said in a statement.
Monday, June 24
Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Dulos, crossed state lines into New York on Monday.
As a condition of his bail, Fotis Dulos must stay in Connecticut, and is wearing a GPS monitoring device.
His lawyer, Norm Pattis, said his client briefly crossed the state line. He said court officials are aware of the issue.
“Probation is aware of it,” Pattis said. “It’s no big deal.”
Crossing state lines could violate the conditions of his release, and a judge could raise or revoke his bail.
One of his lawyers told NBC Connecticut that Fotis Dulos “was directed by Waze to avoid a major accident and briefly veered into New York unbeknownst to him on his way to a property he owns in New Canaan.”
Since posting bail, Fotis Dulos has been seen at 61 Sturbridge Hill Road, a New Canaan property owned by his real estate development company, Fore Group. The 7,000-square-foot home, listed at $4.8 million and located near Pound Ridge, N.Y., is where neighbors said they heard loud banging noises the morning after Jennifer Dulos went missing.
Also Monday, ennifer Dulos’ family — still reeling from her disappearance — said they now have to dispute “irresponsible allegations” by her estranged husband’s attorney that are hurting their five children.
A spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos’ family said Monday — which marked one month since the 50-year-old New Canaan resident went missing — they are concerned about “attacks and ludicrous” theories from defense attorney Norm Pattis.
Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos’ family, said the manuscript was written in 2002, years before Jennifer and Fotis Dulos began dating, and “has nothing to do with ‘Gone Girl.’”
“Jennifer’s novel is not a mystery,” Luft wrote in a statement. “It’s a character-driven story that follows a young woman through relationships and self-discovery over a period of years. Like all of Jennifer’s writing, it expresses a deep longing for human connection and the need to be accepted as one’s true self.
“Trying to tie Jennifer’s absence to a book she wrote more than 17 years ago makes no sense. Evidence shows that Jennifer was the victim of a violent attack in her New Canaan home. As of today, she has been missing for a month. This is not fiction or a movie. This is real life, as experienced every single day by Jennifer’s five young children, her family, and her friends. We are heartbroken. Jennifer is not here to protect her children, and these false and irresponsible allegations hurt the children now and into the future."
Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, June 23
As investigators and K-9 units sift through tons of trash at a Hartford garbage dump seeking clues into the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, the controversial defense attorney representing her estranged husband has an alternative theory to the case.
Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, claims Jennifer Dulos used these skills to once write a 500-page manuscript similar to the 2012 best-selling thriller novel, “Gone Girl.”
“This is a person who has a pretty florid imagination and motives to use it to hurt Mr. Dulos,” Pattis told the New York Post.
“Gone Girl,” written by Gillian Flynn, is about a woman involved in a troubled marriage disappearing on the couple’s wedding anniversary. The woman fakes her own death to frame her husband while she goes into hiding.
Pattis admitted he has not read the version he claims Jennifer Dulos wrote, but he alleges she once disappeared from New York and “lived for years under a false name” over a family money dispute, according to the New York Post.
Anne Dranginis, an attorney for Jennifer’s Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, called Pattis’ claims a “classic act of desperation to slander the victim,” the Post reported.
Friday, June 21
It’s been four weeks since Jennifer Dulos was reported missing — and her family said the situation is “dire.”
“None of this feels real. We tell ourselves that this kind of nightmare happens to people in stories, not to those we know and love,” the family’s statement sai
“But this situation is real, and it is dire,” the family said. “Each passing day intensifies the impact of this tragedy on Jennifer’s children, who have not seen their mother — the guiding presence in their lives — in 28 days.”
New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro said Friday that police continue to focus their search on a Hartford garbage dump after they say her estranged husband was seen on video tossing bags of trash in that city the night she disappeared.
“Physical evidence that was collected through this investigation has been or will be submitted to the state forensic lab for further examination,” Ferraro said.
Thursday, June 20
New Canaan police plan to cooperate with the Parks and Recreation Commission on getting “limited” cameras for Waveny Park.
Calls for surveillance cameras in the 300-acre park were raised after the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos on May 24, since her car was found near the park and investigators spent days searching for her there.
Wednesday, June 19
The search of a trash facility for evidence connected to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos will continue for as long as necessary, a high-ranking state official said.
“The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes detectives are incredibly meticulous and can’t be too careful,” said Brian Foley, the executive aide to James Rovella, who heads the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, including the state police.
“There are still unknowns,” he said. “It would be inappropriate to try and predict when that aspect of the investigation will be done. The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes detectives can not be too careful.”
Foley declined to discuss what evidence may have been culled from the mounds of trash.
Tuesday, June 18
A fundraiser started by a Connecticut boy to raise a reward for information leading to Jennifer Dulos’ whereabouts disappeared from an online crowdfunding site Tuesday.
The fundraiser was started June 12 on GoFundMe by the mother of Riley Daigle, a 7-year-old Wethersfield boy — and remained online until Tuesday afternoon despite Dulos’ family asking “that no financial rewards of funds be established.”
New Canaan Deputy Police Chief John W. DiFederico released a statement after the fundraiser was publicized, saying Jennifer Dulos’ family has requested that no funds be collected for a reward.
“The impact of Jennifer’s disappearance on her five young children, family, and friends is affecting many people in similar ways,” Jennifer Dulos’ family said in a statement released last week. “We urge this young man to keep his savings, but we honor his impulse. This is about more than a reward — it is a call to do something.”
Meanwhile, state police continued to search a Hartford trash plant in hopes of finding evidence connected to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.
Monday, June 17
Fotis Dulos is back at work and wants police to return his belongings they seized during their investigation into the disappearance of his estranged wife.
His defense team has filed a motion requesting authorities return his Ford Raptor pickup truck, Chevy Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, two phones, several computers, a server, hard drive and two external drives.
Fotis Dulos was seen Monday sweeping the front porch of a New Canaan home his real estate development company is trying to sell, according to Fox 61. The 7,000-square-foot home on Sturbridge Hill Road, listed at $4.8 million, is where neighbors said they heard loud banging noises the morning after Jennifer Dulos went missing.
Saturday, June 15, Sunday, June 16
Police over the weekend continued to search for missing mother Jennifer Dulos as the investigation into her disappearance enters a fourth week.
Divers searched Fisher Meadow Pond in Avon over the weekend, but did not find anything, WFSB reported. Authorities also returned Saturday to a Hartford garbage facility where police say trash was hauled after Fotis Dulos was seen tossing garbage bags the night his estranged wife disappeared. No one was seen searching the facility on Sunday,
Friday, June 14
Police continued to search a Hartford trash facility and a pond in Avon for evidence related to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.
“The Connecticut State Police continue to search the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) in Hartford for evidence related to the disappearance of Jennifer, and the Connecticut State Police Dive Team continues to search a body of water located on Old Farms Road in Avon,” New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a prepared statement Friday.
“We will not rest until we find Jennifer,” the chief said.
It’s been three weeks since Jennifer Dulos was last seen.