It’s been nearly four weeks since New Canaan mother of five Jennifer Dulos went missing, and details about the case are slim.
Police recently arrested 51-year-old Fotis Dulos along with his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, who was arrested and booked on similar charges.
A few weeks back, state police obtained DNA samples from Fotis Dulos. Fotis reportedly married Jennifer 13 years ago, but for the past two years, they’ve allegedly been locked in a contentious custody battle over the couple’s five children.
Stephen Komorek is the US Operations Director of Conflict United States, handling major operations involving kidnappings, missing persons cases and more, both stateside and around the globe. He’s helped out on countless investigations of this kind.
Komorek spoke with Law Enforcement Today about the investigation, and how it differs from the norm.
As awful as this story is, it isn’t the status quo,” Komorek said. “This isn’t what typically happens.”
It’s been weeks since she went missing, but a thorough search has still yet to find Dulos’ body. Surveillance footage secured by authorities allegedly shows the pair dumping bloody clothes in a city area. Investigators later determined the items in the bags, including clothing and a sponge, tested positive for the blood of Jennifer Dulos. Now experts say it’s only a matter of time before Dulos is brought in.
And it looks like it’s just a matter of time.
“We have to trust the incredible strength of the local and state law enforcement in this situation. They have an extremely talented team and we know that justice will prevail,” Komorek said.
The husband’s attorney, Norm Pattis, boasts a high-profile list of people he’s represented, including Alex Jones of InfoWars. And he’s apparently well-known for getting his clients off. Pattis claimed to be receiving multiple emails chastising him for representing Fotis Dulos.
“I am drawn to cases where the defendant was hated,” he said. “I was abandoned by my father when I was 8-years-old as a child. I am committed to my clients and I will not leave them alone. I will fight for them.”
Komorek offered his sympathies to the family members affected by the tragedy.
“It’s a horribly sad story for these children,” Komorek said. “I’ve worked thousands upon thousands of domestic cases over my career and I have seen when things go really, really bad.”
The 50-year-old mom was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban on May 24. That’s when she dropped off her 8 and 13-year-old children at their private school in New Canaan.
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Police have spent endless days and nights over the past few months looking for any sign of Dulos.
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. Since her disappearance, authorities have dug through parks, woods, storm drains, ponds and more searching for Dulos.
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 had reportedly 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.
A judge has recently ordered that some of the documents in the custody battle be sealed during the course of the investigation.
This has been a shocking case for those who live in the close-knit Connecticut town.
“Stuff like this doesn’t happen here,” Leila Roxo said.
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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.”