Jennifer Farber Dulos went missing on May 29, 2019, from her home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Tonight’s special episode of Dateline NBC will further investigate Dulos’ disappearance and the investigation into the case.
The show will detail evidence regarding Dulos’s disappearance, including information on her relationship with her estranged husband Fotis. Dulos was last seen on May 29, 2019, when she was dropping her children off at school. She had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for later in the day in New York City, but she did not show up.
Here’s what you need to know about Dulos and her estranged husband Fotis Dulos:
1. Fotis Dulos Was Charged With Jennifer Dulos’ Murder
Fotis Dulos was charged in connection with her murder in early 2020 but was released on a $6 million bond soon after.
His girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She was also released but taken to a hospital for medical treatment.
According to ABC News, authorities say “Jennifer Dulos was killed at her home on May 24, 2019 between 8:05 a.m . and 10:25 a.m.” They believe she was bound with zip ties and put inside her own car. Fotis Dulos maintained his innocence.
2. They Had Five Children Together
At the time of her disappearance, the Dulos couple had five children, who are “healthy and well,” according to a family statement.
Around Thanksgiving in 2019, the family released a statement regarding the disappearance:
We give thanks that Jennifer’s children are healthy and well. We give thanks that they share their mother’s deep sense of empathy and curiosity about the world around them. And, as ever, we are deeply thankful to the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their ongoing efforts to solve this case and bring those responsible to justice.
3. Fotis Dulos Said He Was Innocent
Evidence, including clothes and sponges with Jennifer Dulos’ blood on them, was discovered in trash cans, where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be Fotis Dulos disposing of garbage bags. A woman in the passenger seat allegedly matches the description of his girlfriend at the time, Troconis.
Dulos was taken into custody by Connecticut State Police on January 7, 2020. He was charged with capital murder, murder and kidnapping.
At the time of his arrest, his attorney told ABC News, “Mr. Dulos has contended he’s not guilty.”
4. Jennifer Dulos Alleged Fotis Threatened to Kidnap Their Children
Before her disappearance, Jennifer alleged that her then-husband exhibited “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior,” and she said she was afraid for the safety of her children, according to ABC News.
She also said he threatened to kidnap their children if she refused his terms in their divorce settlement. Jennifer Dulos said he had bought a gun earlier that year.
“I am afraid of my Husband,” Jennifer Dulos said. “I know that filing for divorce, and filing this Motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”
Fotis Dulos denied the allegations.
5. Fotis Dulos Died in January 2020
Dulos was hospitalized in critical condition in January 2020 to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after he attempted suicide.
ABC News reports he wrote a suicide note before attempting to kill himself, writing, “I refuse to spend even an hour more in jail for something I had NOTHING to do with. I want it to be known that Michelle Troconis had nothing to do with Jennifer’s disappearance. And neither did Kent Mawhinney.”
Since his death, a judge has granted a nolle prosequi to dismiss the murder charges against Dulos, acknowledging that the trial could not continue.
Troconis and the third suspect, Kent Mawhinney, have both been charged in connection with the case. The trials have been placed on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.