Fotis Dulos Rearrested After Police Find His Wife's DNA In Vehicle He Allegedly Used
Dulos has maintained his innocence and denies he played any role in his wife, Jennifer's, disappearance.
Authorities in Connecticut have reportedly rearrested Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos. The development came after investigators found DNA belonging to her in a vehicle he allegedly used, according to a state police warrant.
A 43-page warrant obtained by Hartford's WTIC-TV alleges police found a "bloodlike substance" on the passenger seat in a vehicle belonging to one of Fotis Dulos' employees. Forensic testing reportedly concluded the DNA is a match to Jennifer Dulos.
The employee allegedly told police he was surprised his boss had used the vehicle and then had it detailed. He told investigators Fotis Dulos later told him he should change out the seats, and became angry when he did not immediately do it. The employee reportedly kept the seats "without telling Dulos" and later turned them over to police.
Authorities said the owner of the vehicle has been cooperative and they do not believe he had any involvement in the crime.
Fotis Dulos' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, reportedly told police she believes he had the truck cleaned because "all the evidence says … the body of Jennifer at some point was in there," according to the warrant.
Authorities have reportedly charged Fotis Dulos with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He has maintained his innocence and denies he played any role in his wife's disappearance.
The warrant further alleges detectives found handwritten notes that they nicknamed "Alibi Scripts" in Fotis Dulos' office.
Investigators claim Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis wrote the notes, which allegedly described activities performed by the couple on the day Jennifer Dulos was reported missing.
During police questioning, Troconis allegedly admitted the notes include events that "never happened" and "alibi witnesses who were later determined to be false." She also allegedly told investigators she did not physically see Fotis Dulos on the morning his wife disappeared.
Jennifer Dulos was last seen driving a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban in New Canaan on May 24.
The mother of five was reportedly involved in a long and bitter divorce and child custody battle with Fotis Dulos. She was reported missing by friends after she missed several doctor's appointments.
When officers arrived at her residence, they located "several stains on the garage floor and on a vehicle parked in the garage, which had the appearance of bloodstains," the warrant alleges.
Police later found her abandoned car on a road near Waveny Park.
According to the warrant, "a forensic examination yielded possible blood evidence on the interior and exterior of the vehicle."
In the warrant, police included what they believe to be the last known photos of Jennifer alive. They show her vehicle heading toward her residence at 8:05 a.m. on the day she was reported missing, WTIC-TV reported.
A caption accompanying the images reads, "This photograph is the last known photograph of Jennifer alive. At the time this footage was recorded, Dulos is believed to have been lying in wait at 69 Welles Lane for his wife to return home. The crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m."
In another image, captioned "Suspect Leaves The Scene," the text reads, "At 10:25 residential surveillance on Welles Lane shows Jennifer's 2017 Chevrolet Suburban traveling westbound away from the 69 Welles Lane. Dulos is believed to be operating the victim's vehicle which is carrying the body of Jennifer Dulos and a number of other items associated with a clean-up which occurred in the garage of the residence."
The day after Jennifer was reported missing, police asked Fotis Dulos to come to the New Canaan Police Department. He met with investigators, but reportedly refused to consent to the examination of his cell phone, according to police.
Fotis Dulos gave a short statement to reporters outside the Connecticut State Police office on Wednesday. He said, "It's an exhausting fight. I love my children. That's about it."
He and Michelle Troconis were arrested in June and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Both have pleaded not guilty to those charges. They were released on bond and ordered to wear GPS monitoring devices, CNN reported.
Fotis Dulos’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, spoke out following his client's latest arrest.
"It is difficult to see why the state waited for months to serve this warrant," Pattis said in a statement to FOX News. "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."
Fotis Dulos was released on $500,000 bond Wednesday evening, FOX News reported. He is due back in court on September 12.