connectVideoConnecticut mother of five missing middle of heated divorce and custody battle
A 50-year-old mother of five embroiled in a bitter divorce with her estranged husband, was last seen dropping her children at school in Connecticut; Laura Ingle reports from New Canaan.
Researchers have found traces of blood and other evidence that leads them to believe that the Connecticut mother of five missing for nearly a week was the victim of a violent crime, according to a report Thursday.
Detectives from the state police Western District Crime Squad discovered traces of blood, when they go to the house of Jennifer Dulos, the Hartford Courant reported.
The 50-year-old brunette was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban six days ago, when she left her children at their private school in New Canaan. Her car was found behind Waveny Park, a popular 250-acre park has jogging trails as picnic areas, soccer, baseball and softball fields.
Jennifer Dulos, Connecticut mother has been missing since Friday, police say. (New Canaan Police)
The police swarmed the park this week, a search with K-9s, drones and even a New York state police helicopter. They also know on a high grass and a shallow pond of about 3 meters deep, Steve Benko, the city’s director of recreation, said.
New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro gave a brief statement Thursday saying no body was found, no arrests have been made and Dulos remains missing.
Her family and friends said Thursday they remained optimistic that they would be found
“Those who know Jennifer know her as a dedicated mother, a very thoughtful, reliable and organized woman; and testify, that they never, never, disappear when she is responsible for the lives of five loving and energetic children,” the family said in a statement.
CONNECTICUT MOTHER OF 5 IN THE MIDDLE OF A BITTER DIVORCE, MISSING: POLICE
Ferraro stated a day earlier that “a criminal investigation is carried out simultaneously to determine whether Jennifer was the victim of a crime or intentionally to cause harm.”
The members of the close-knit New Canaan community held a vigil for Dulos on Thursday evening in the St. Aloysius Parish. Almost 200 people gathered in the drizzling rain for the half-hour service.
“We can ask, we might speculate, we can guess,” said Father Rob Kinnally, the St. Aloysius-pastor. “But it is the best that we pray.”
Aaron Cooper, who is the head of the New Land, Canaan School, a private school, where all five of the Dulos children live, the so-called Dulos a “devoted mother” and “regular volunteers” on Thursday prayer vigil.
The circumstances of the disappearance of Dulos have an ominous turn in the past few days. She and her estranged husband Fotis Dulos, a custom home builder, grew up in Greece, but who went to college in the United States, have been locked in a tumultuous custody battle over the couple’s children, who range in age from 8 to 13.
According to the court documents, Dulos said that she was “terrified for (her) family’s safety, especially since the discovery of the gun, because my husband has a history of controlling the volatile and uncertain behavior.” She also accused her husband of 13 years is threatening to kidnap their children and take them to Greece.
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Fotis Dulos strongly pushed back on those accusations, said he turned in his gun to the Farmington police and claimed that it was his wife that the parent is unfit. He also said Dulos had psychological problems and said at one point she had verbally attacked and called her man names in front of the guests.
Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, who lives in New York City, has sued her ex-son-in-law. Farber and her late husband claimed in court documents that Fotis Dulos refund of $1.7 million in loans he borrowed to buy and remodel high-end homes.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.