Jennifer Dulos: Connecticut mansion where mother of 5 lived before disappearance now focus of investigation
With the first anniversary of Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos' disappearance just days away and her whereabouts still unknown, it's been revealed that police are now turned their attention to a $3 million home in Avon where she previously lived with her husband, Fotis Dulos.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that Fotis had been charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in the disappearance of Jennifer, 50, with whom he had been involved in a bitter custody battle for their five children.
She was last seen on the morning of May 24, 2019, after dropping off all five children at school, and authorities accused Fotis of killing her, chopping her into multiple pieces, and disposing of the evidence with the help of his 44-year-old girlfriend Michelle Troconis.
Fotis took his own life this past January following the charges. He died two days after his suicide attempt at his home in Jefferson Crossing in January, and authorities are now said to be looking at a $3 million home just 1.5 miles away where he previously lived with Jennifer for clues regarding her whereabouts.
Close to a decade before the couple became embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings that preceded Jennifer's disappearance, they briefly stayed at the 44 Sky View Drive home, according to the Hartford Courant.
Records reviewed by the publication showed that the Fore Group, the Dulos' home construction company, spent several months cleaning the inside of the mansion after its pipes burst in January 2018. No one had lived at the home since December 2017.
Connecticut State Police investigating the case are said to have been aware of Jennifer's and Fotis' connection to the home through interviews with former Fore Group employees, though it is still unclear to what extent they pursued that lead.
The police reportedly received a copy of the demolition permit and spoke with the property owner, attorney David Ford, who then permitted them to search the premises last fall. Ford confirmed that they searched the property in June but said he was unsure what had happened.
"I told them, 'Whatever you need to do if it helps find the missing mother of five children,'" he shared, adding that they were welcome to do so again if it would help the investigation.
While they visited the property, they did not get a search warrant and did not bring cadaver dogs to sweep the large swathe of woods behind the house or the septic tank, something they had done at several other properties that the Dulos's owned.
However, in a statement released on Thursday, May 21, the state police denied reports they were looking into the property.
"We are aware of media reports stating that State Police detectives are searching a property in Avon related to the Dulos investigation," they said. "Detectives are currently NOT searching this property. As part of the investigation, detectives searched this property in 2019. The disappearance of Jennifer Dulos remains an ongoing, active investigation."
They also asked anyone with credible information regarding Jennifer's whereabouts or the investigation to contact 860-696-2500.