Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos remembers three years after her disappearance – Connect FM | Local news radio
(NEW YORK) – Three years after Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos dropped her children off at school and disappeared, her family members said they “felt an immeasurable loss” as they await prosecution. two people accused of conspiring with her ex-husband in her disappearance.
Dulos disappeared on May 24, 2019 and prosecutors suspect she was killed amid a custody battle over her five children with her ex-husband, Fotis Dulos, who died by suicide after being charged with her murder.
“We feel the immeasurable loss of his person every day; we also rejoice in her presence and celebrate her spirit as manifested in her five incredible children,” a spokesperson for Jennifer Dulos’ family said in a statement released Tuesday. “We are deeply grateful that Jennifer’s children are thriving and her mother, Gloria, is healthy.”
The missing person’s case drew national attention when authorities focused on her ex-husband, a wealthy luxury property developer.
In 2017, Jennifer Dulos applied for an emergency order for full custody of their five children, which was denied, according to court documents. Jennifer and Fotis Dulos have been granted joint custody of the children until the end of the divorce proceedings.
On January 7, 2020, about six months after his wife disappeared, 51-year-old Fotis Dulos was charged with capital murder. His girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and his friend, Kent Mawhinney, a lawyer, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Fotis Dulos, who was released on $6 million after pleading not guilty, was found unconscious at his home in Farmington, Connecticut on January 30, 2020, and pronounced dead in a hospital. Police say he committed suicide by inhaling poisonous carbon monoxide.
A judge has awarded custody of the five children to Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber.
Connecticut State Police declined to comment on the third anniversary of Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance, citing ongoing criminal charges.
Court proceedings in the Troconis and Mawhinney lawsuits are expected to resume next month. Both pleaded not guilty.
“There is still an open investigation into Jennifer’s murder and disappearance, and we are indebted to the Connecticut State Police for their continued dedication to this case,” said family spokeswoman Carrie Luft. of Jennifer Dulos, in a press release. “While court proceedings have resumed, we are awaiting the next steps in the legal process for the two key individuals who have not yet been tried.”
Luft added, “Above all, we miss Jennifer more than words can express, and we are grateful for the continued support. In memory of Jennifer, we ask that you hold your loved ones very close and take time to laugh with friends. Also remember that there are many missing and murdered people whose stories are never covered in the press, whose families and loved ones continue to mourn.
Fotis Dulos became a suspect in the missing person’s case after police discovered blood on the floor of his ex-wife’s garage. His SUV was found on the side of a road near the entrance to Waveny Park in New Canaan with bloodstains.
Investigators allege that Jennifer Dulos was killed in her home on May 24, 2019, between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., after returning from taking her children to school, according to a warrant for her arrest. On May 24, surveillance footage showed someone wearing a hoodie compatible with Fotis Dulos’ bike towards Jennifer Dulos’ home.
Police alleged that Fotis Dulos tied Jennifer Dulos up with zip ties, put her in his own car and cleaned out the garage in his home, according to a warrant for his arrest.
After Fotis Dulos died, police found a handwritten suicide note he allegedly left behind, denying any involvement in his wife’s disappearance.
“I refuse to spend even one more hour in jail for something I have NOTHING to do with,” he reportedly wrote in blue ink on a single sheet of paper the size of a ‘a notebook. “I want people to know that Michelle Troconis had nothing to do with Jennifer’s disappearance. Neither did Kent Mawhinney.
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