Stained rug found by paranormal investigator in river NOT related to Jennifer Dulos case: Police

The police revealed that the stains on the rug were not blood as claimed by paranormal investigator and TikToker Sean Austin

Stained rug found by paranormal investigator in river NOT related to Jennifer Dulos case: Police
Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who disappeared in 2019, became the talking point again after a TikToker found a blood-stained rug (R) near her house (Investigation Discovery screenshot and Connecticut State Police)
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FARMINGTON, CONNECTICUT: The blood-stained rug discovered by paranormal investigator Sean Austin in the Farmington river, has no criminal evidence to the 2019 disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, according to Connecticut State Police (CSP). The rug was found close to where Jennifer's husband Fotis Dulos lived. 

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The police revealed that the stains on the rug were not blood. "After investigating for several hours, Detectives tested several large, irregular brownish-red stains on the rug and a presumptive test determined they were not blood. Detectives have found no evidence of the rug being related to any criminal case. Detectives located numerous rugs in the area and, after speaking with local kayakers, discovered that the rugs are used to launch and retrieve kayaks and to keep vegetation down at this location of the Farmington River," the Insider quoted the police as saying. 

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The statement further read, "We ask members of the public who find what might be evidence in a criminal investigation to contact 911 so that items can be processed and investigated by detectives and so that no potential evidence is contaminated." Jennifer, a mother of five, was missing and presumed dead after she vanishing in May 2019. There were no leads, especially after her husband Fotis killed himself too.

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The discovery of unrelated blood-stained rug

On September 11, Austin, in a live-streamed three-and-a-half-hour long TikTok video, said he found the rug close to the 1300 block of Farmington Avenue and claimed that "supernatural evidence" led him to the rug. Following this, a dive team went into the river and removed it. The Farmington police then called for state police assistance. "Farmington Police Department requested our Major Crimes squad to assist with an investigation of a rug found in the Farmington River by a social media influencer. This investigation is in its infancy stages, and that is all the information we have for release at this time. Any further updates will be available at a later date," state police said in a statement, as reported by Fox 61.

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Unwanted and countless true crime videos

Talking about such videos, as per Insider, Mashable's Alison Foreman wrote, "The proliferation of true crime in the digital age has spurred a breeding ground for amateur detectives and vigilantes that could make it more difficult for police to do their jobs." The report also suggested that true crime cases on social media are more inclined towards the "Missing White Woman Syndrome," in which crimes against white women are more focused than on women of color.

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