She’s the Connecticut mother of five who has been missing for more than a week. Now the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos from New Canaan has been arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.
New Canaan police reported on Sunday that 51-year-old Fotis Dulos was arrested in Avon, Connecticut on Saturday around 11 p.m. He was brought to New Canaan Police headquarters for processing, as was his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, who was arrested and booked on similar charges.
He’s now being held on $500,000 bond at the Bridgeport Correctional Center. Troconis is also being held on $500,000 bond. Dulos is due in Norwalk Superior Court Monday at 10 a.m.
On Sunday morning, investigators intensified their search at Fotis Dulos’ sprawling 10,000-square-foot mansion.
More than a dozen state police vehicles and two canine units showed up at the residence. Others gathered near the road.
Over the weekend, state police obtained DNA samples from Fotis Dulos. Fotis married the 13 years ago. But for the past two years, they’ve been locked in a contentious custody battle over the couple’s five children.
The 50-year-old brunette was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban nine days ago. That’s when she dropped off her 8 and 13-year-old children at their private school in New Canaan.
Police spent three hours on Friday handing out flyers that featured a picture of Dulos and her vehicle and are now treating her disappearance as both a missing-person case and a criminal investigation.
Dulos’ car was found behind Waveny Park. It’s a popular 250-acre recreation spot with jogging trails, picnic areas, soccer, baseball and softball fields.
Last week, police used dogs, drones and a New York state police helicopter to search the park.
According to Steve Benko, the director of recreation for the town, police zeroed in on a high grassy area and a shallow pond about 3 feet deep.
While that was happening, two dozen or so state troopers and a number of canine units searched backyards, a storm drain and trash bins throughout the Upper Albany neighborhood of Hartford.
The more information that comes out about the couple’s rocky relationship, the worse things look.
Court documents show Dulos said she was “terrified for (her) family’s safety, especially since discovering the gun, since my husband has a history of controlling, volatile and delusional behavior.”
On top of that, she recently accused her husband of 13 years of threatening to kidnap their children and take them to Greece.
Fotis adamantly denies that, and said he turned in his handgun to the Farmington police, and that his wife was the unfit parent.
He claims she had mental health issues, and says at one point she had verbally attacked him and called him names in front of guests.
Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, has actually sued her former son-in-law.
The New York woman and her late husband claimed in court documents that Fotis Dulos did not repay $1.7 million in loans he borrowed to buy and redevelop high-end homes.
It’s a shocking case for those who live in the close-knit Connecticut town.
“Stuff like this doesn’t happen here,” Leila Roxo said.
She’s an associate at LoLo Bag, an accessories boutique in New Canaan.
“It’s a really quiet and safe town. Parents are OK just dropping off their kids and letting them walk around town, eat, have ice cream, buy something and then picking them up. It’s pretty safe.”
Roxo has has a 6-year-old daughter. She said she’s most worried about Dulos’ children and the scars they may carry from their mother’s disappearance.
“The 8-year-old is definitely going to remember some stuff,” Roxo said. “I don’t know how far apart the other ones are, but I have a 6-year-old and I feel like if this were to happen to her, she’d definitely remember.”
There was a vigil held Thursday night at St, Aloysius Parish, where almost 200 people gathered in the rain for the half-hour service. Another vigil is planned for Sunday night.
“We could be wondering, we could be speculating, we could be guessing,” Father Rob Kinnally, the St. Aloysius pastor said. “But it is best that we are praying.”