THE husband whose estranged wife vanished in an alleged “Gone Girl-style” scam has been arrested over her disappearance.
Fotis Dulos, 51, from Connecticut, US, was detained by cops for a second time yesterday in connection with the alleged murder of his spouse Jennifer Dulos, 50.
Fotis Dulos has been arrested for a second time over the disappearance of his estranged wife in Jennifer[/caption]
Mr Dulos denies all allegations against him and has not been charged with Jennifer’s killing.
However, according to the warrant application, police said the 51-year-old was apparently “lying in wait” at her residence on May 24 – the day she went missing.
Cops claim the murder and alleged clean-up of the scene occurred between 8.05 am and 10.25am.
Jennifer Dulos disappeared amid a bitter child custody battle with her husband.
Previously, Mr Dulos’ lawyer Norm Pattis claimed the mum-of-five faked her own disappearance to frame her estranged spouse.
He said her disappearance might have come from the pages of “Gone Girl” – a 2012 novel, adapted into a 2014 film, about a woman who fakes her own murder and elaborately frames her husband.
But a 43-page police warrant containing new allegations has added yet another twist to the saga.
Fotis Dulos was arrested at his home and hit with an additional charge of tampering with or fabricating evidence in her disappearance.
But lawyer Pattis claims there is “not much” in the allegations that wasn’t already known, The Stamford Advocate reported.
“Where’s the murder charge?” he asked.
Dulos posted $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday, according to a police report obtained by Fox News.
Mr Dulos’ girlfriend has reportedly admitted to cops that she lied to them[/caption]
Fotis, 51, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested in early June and pleaded not guilty to evidence-tampering and hindering prosecution.
They had been released on bail. Both have denied any involvement in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.
Fotis was arrested again after Troconis and an employee of his construction company, Pawel Gumienny, allegedly told cops he had used a vehicle registered to Gumienny on the morning Jennifer disappeared.
Gumienny also allegedly said he made strange requests in the days following the disappearance, including asking him to swap out the seats of the car because he was afraid police would find his hair.
Jennifer has not been seen since she dropped her children off at school on the morning of May 24.
Her 2017 black Chevy Suburban was found near Waveny Park in New Canaan shortly after she was reported missing.
New police photos from CCTV captured in and around New Canaan showed a red 2001 Toyota Tacoma, registered to Gumienny, which Fotis had allegedly parked near a dirt turnout on Lapham Road, near where Jennifer’s car later turned up abandoned.
The Hollywood hit film Gone Girl was about a wife who faked her own death to frame her husband[/caption]
When police combed through the mother of five’s home, they found bloodstains on the garage floor and evidence of clean-up attempts.
Police said they believed Fotis Dulos drove her body “and a number of other items associated with the clean-up which occurred in the garage of the residence,” to Lapham Road and switched vehicles.
A man resembling Fotis was also caught on surveillance footage in a third car, a 2014 Ford Raptor pick-up truck, registered to his company.
In that footage, they were seen dumping bags of trash “which appeared to be stained with a substance consistent with the appearance of blood,” according to court documents.
A woman matching Troconis’ description was also seen sitting in the vehicle, the documents said.
She later allegedly told police that she and Fotis were the two people in the video, but that she didn’t know what he was doing when he was disposing of the bags.
Cops spent weeks sifting through garbage and trash and reportedly uncovered bloody clothing, including a T-shirt and bra that Jennifer was wearing on the day she vanished.
They also found bloodied cleaning supplies such as sponges.
A red pick-up truck allegedly driven by Fotis pictured near where Jennifer’s vehicle was found[/caption]
The estranged husband is also seen at a car wash in what police allege was part of the clean-up process[/caption]
Police reports revealed that a man resembling Fotis was caught on camera placing an item in a storm drain.
When police searched the drain, they found license plates that were linked to him.
Troconis allegedly told investigators in an interview June 6 that she and Fotis wrote notes to “help them remember” where they were and what they were doing on these dates, including false alibis.
“It is difficult to see why the state waited for months to serve this warrant,” attorney Pattis said in a statement to Fox News on Wednesday.
He continued: “It was unnecessary. Apparently, Michelle has changed her tune and a handyman is telling tales to deflect attention from himself.
“We wish the state police spent more time looking for Jennifer and less trying to build a case against Fotis. We will plead not guilty to these charges next week in Norwalk.”
Troconis again allegedly told police in an August 13 interview that “she had not been truthful” in previous chats with cops.
She allegedly admitted that she did not see Fotis on the morning Jennifer disappeared and didn’t see him until the afternoon.
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Troconis allegedly said she saw him cleaning “spilled coffee” out of the Tacoma after Jennifer went missing.
She allegedly said Dulos “handed her a stained towel he had been using to clean the truck and told her to place it into a plastic garbage bag.”
Ms Troconis said she did not remember the colour of the stain but admitted that it did not smell like coffee, the police report said.
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