Jennifer Dulos was last seen on May 24, 2019, when she dropped her children off at New Canaan Country School
. That same day, she missed a doctor's appointment in New York City, and two of her friends reported her as missing that evening.
That same night, police found blood, which they later discovered belonged to Jennifer, in the garage of her New Canaan home. Police also found evidence of Jennifer being the victim of a serious assault. That same evening, Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were captured on video dumping garbage bags, which contained Jennifer's blood, in 30 trash bins in Hartford, Connecticut.
Jennifer's car was later found near Waveny Park
in New Canaan.
At the time Jennifer went missing, she and her husband were estranged and engaged in a tumultuous divorce. They were also involved in contentious child-custody proceedings. The couple's children are living with Jennifer's mother, Gloria Farber, to whom a judge granted temporary custody.
Fotis Dulos hired attorney Norm Pattis to represent him. In an interview, Pattis appeared convinced that Jennifer was dead prior to being hired to represent Fotis.
On January 7, 2020, Fotis Dulos was arrested at his home by Connecticut State Police
and charged with capital murder, murder, and kidnapping in relation to the disappearance of Jennifer. His former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Fotis Dulos's friend and former attorney, Kent Douglas Mawhinney (often misreported as Mahwinney), was also detained on January 7 and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Despite these arrests, the body of Jennifer is yet to be found.
Following these arrests, court documents released highlight the backgrounds of Dulos and Mawhinney.
It is believed that Fotis (and possibly Troconis) drove down to New Canaan
using Fotis’ work truck on the morning of May 24, 2019. Fotis was likely lying in wait
in Jennifer's home, waiting for her return. Fotis likely attacked Jennifer and restrained her with four zip ties
. To cover up the murder, Fotis used ten rolls of paper towels to clean up the blood left behind. It is still unclear how Fotis killed Jennifer. Soon after, the nanny reported to authorities that she had restocked the paper towels in the home the night before Jennifer went missing, and that the paper towels were missing after Jennifer disappeared.[citation needed
Mawhinney became estranged from his wife after being accused of spousal rape
. His wife went to South Windsor
police and told authorities that she feared Fotis and Mawhinney were working together to kill her. After Jennifer disappeared, a shallow grave was discovered at a secluded property that Mawhinney owned, filled with two bags of lime and a blue tarp. Authorities and K9 dogs
discovered the grave in August 2019, but no body was found in the grave, and said items were found to have been removed.
Fotis Dulos suicide
Fotis Dulos was found unresponsive at his Farmington, Connecticut
, home after attempting to committ suicide by poisoning himself with carbon monoxide
on January 28, 2020.
Initially, it was reported that Dulos died by suicide, but these reports were false as he survived when first responders were able to save him. He was transported by ambulance to UConn Medical Center
before he was airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center
to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Dulos died while at Jacobi Medical Center on January 30, 2020.
He was 52 years old.
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