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What Happened to Jennifer Dulos, the Missing Connecticut Mom?

Jennifer Dulos.
Jennifer Dulos. Photo: New Canaan Police Department

On May 24, Jennifer Dulos of New Canaan, Connecticut, mysteriously vanished after suffering what investigators believe was a “serious physical assault.” Since her disappearance, police have discovered her abandoned car, bloodstained clothes, and video footage that points toward two suspects: Dulos’s estranged husband and his girlfriend. And, though Dulos has been missing for four weeks now, her family maintains hope that she will soon be found.

“We tell ourselves that this kind of nightmare happens to people in stories, not to those we know and love,” reads a statement from the family, issued on June 21. “But this situation is real, and it is dire. 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.”

Here’s what we know so far:

Jennifer Dulos disappeared on May 24.

According to police, the last day Dulos, 50, was seen or heard from was May 24, when she dropped her kids off at school. The same day, police discovered her abandoned 2017 black Chevrolet Suburban, which she was believed to be driving at the time of her disappearance, in Waveny Park. That evening, police found bloodstains and spatter in her home’s garage.

Since opening the case, Connecticut State Police say they have received 419 tips regarding Dulos’s disappearance, WFSB reports.

Police have named two suspects: Dulos’s estranged husband and his girlfriend.

On June 1, Fotis Dulos, 51, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, as well as hindering prosecution. Per court documents, video footage captured a man — who appears to be the estranged husband — disposing of garbage bags in multiple trash bins in Hartford, and then getting into a car with a woman who resembles Troconis. Inside the garbage bags, authorities reportedly found clothing and sponges stained with Dulos’s blood, according to Fotis and Troconis’s arrest warrants. And, on June 11, prosecutors said in court that a lab had confirmed that Fotis’s DNA was found on the sink in Dulos’s house, per the New York Post.

Jennifer and Fotis were in the middle of a bitter custody battle.

While authorities have not named potential motives, divorce papers show that Jennifer and Fotis were in the midst of a bitter custody battle. In the papers, Jennifer accuses Fotis of infidelity and calls his behavior “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling,” per the Advocate. (Fotis has denied the allegations.) Furthermore, court documents show that Fotis may have struggled financially, per CBS News.

Since May 24, the couple’s five children have been staying with Jennifer’s mother, who has since filed a court petition seeking custody of them, “at least on a temporary basis.”

Four months following Dulos’s disappearance, police are still searching.

According to sources close to the case, authorities found “several key pieces of evidence in various trash cans, dumpsters, and other locations” at Fotis’s mansion in Farmington the night of June 5, the sources told Radar Online.

And that’s not the only sign that a major development could be coming soon. On the afternoon of June 6, an NBC reporter captured on video Troconis leaving her lawyer’s office, reportedly after spending multiple hours meeting with state police and the state’s attorney — a sign that she could finally be cooperating with authorities.

“She gave a videotaped interview, so that would indicate to anybody that there was a confession and that she gave evidence as to what she saw, heard and did,” an attorney told WFSB.

This post has been updated and will continue to be updated as new details emerge.

What Happened to Jennifer Dulos, the Missing New Canaan Mom?