Correspondent Erin Moriarty investigates the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, a Connecticut mom of 5, and the case in opposition to Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis in a rebroadcast of “What Does The Different Lady Know? The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos” airing Saturday, Could 21 at 9/8c on CBS.
What does Michelle Troconis know? Does she know what occurred to Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mom who vanished with out a hint from her house on Could 24, 2019? And if Jennifer Dulos was murdered, does Troconis understand how and the place Dulos’ killer put her physique? Connecticut authorities consider Troconis could maintain the important thing to the thriller of the lacking mother and may make them Jennifer Dulos’ stays. They’vewith conspiracy to commit homicide and tampering with proof within the case.
In parts of interrogation movies, Troconis, the previous girlfriend of Jennifer’s estranged husband, is seen answering questions, at occasions pleading with investigators. Her lawyer says he has seen no proof that Troconis is aware of what occurred to Jennifer and says she is just a sufferer of overzealous investigators determined to resolve the case.
Michelle Troconis has loads in widespread with the girl she is accused of serving to to kill: tall, willowy, and proficient, each girls fell arduous for a similar man, Fotis Dulos, a good-looking, charismatic house developer and daring athlete. By the point Troconis met Fotis Dulos in 2016, his 12-year marriage to Jennifer had run out of steam. They had been primarily dwelling separate lives in an enormous house Fotis had in-built Farmington, Connecticut. Fotis Dulos thrived on pleasure and athletic competitors whereas Jennifer primarily targeted her energies into the day-to-day caring of 5 younger kids. As soon as a playwright and co-founder of a theatre troupe, Jennifer put her passions into loving and writing about her kids, all beneath the age of 13.
Fotis, a waterskiing champion, hoped the identical for his kids and traveled with them to competitions. Throughout his travels, he met and fell for Troconis, who was additionally a proficient athlete. He met her in Miami “and it was severe,” says his sister, Rena Dulos Kyrimi. “He was very a lot in love.” The issue was Fotis Dulos was nonetheless very a lot married and dwelling with Jennifer.
Troconis by no means meant to turn out to be the “different lady” says her household. She thought the couple was already divorcing and did not know the reality, they are saying, till lengthy after she uprooted her life and moved together with her daughter to Connecticut.
After Jennifer Dulos realized of her husband’s affair in early 2017, she left him and moved their kids right into a rented house 70 miles away in New Canaan, Connecticut. The once-happy union turned a bitter, contentious divorce and custody battle that drained Fotis Dulos of a lot of what mattered to him: cash, work and, when he defied a courtroom order and allowed his girlfriend to have contact along with his kids, he additionally misplaced shared bodily custody.
On Friday morning, Could 24, 2019, Jennifer, 50, vanished after taking her kids to highschool. Her Suburban SUV was later discovered deserted a little bit over three miles from her house. Quickly after police discovered proof of blood inside Jennifer’s storage, the lacking individual case turned a murder investigation. What investigators found subsequent put Jennifer’s estranged husband on the highest of the checklist of suspects. That is when his girlfriend Michelle Troconis turned an individual of curiosity as effectively.
After Fotis Dulos gave investigators his cellphone, they found that he had been on Albany Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut, the night time that Jennifer went lacking. As they collected surveillance footage of the realm, they noticed a person who regarded like Fotis Dulos dropping off black luggage in trash cans on the road. And a girl seen leaning out of his truck gave the impression to be Michelle Troconis. What investigators later present in these luggage satisfied them they’d Jennifer’s killer: zip ties coated with human blood and Jennifer Dulos’ DNA, two ponchos lined with “copious quantities of blood” and extra DNA belonging to Jennifer Dulos. As lead investigator Sergeant Ken Ventresca of the Connecticut State police later stated, “It is not on daily basis somebody throws out bloody proof, bloody garments, you understand, lower up. I imply who does that?”
The following day, each Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis had been arrested and charged with tampering with proof and hindering prosecution. Seven months later, in January 2020, when investigators nonetheless couldn’t find Jennifer Dulos, they charged her husband with homicide and upgraded Troconis’ expenses to conspiracy to commit homicide. Kent Mawhinney, a pal and someday lawyer for Fotis Dulos, was additionally charged with conspiracy to commit homicide. All three pleaded not responsible. Simply weeks later, Fotis Dulos was lifeless after taking his personal life.
The demise of Fotis Dulos left Michelle Troconis in a precarious authorized place, says her lawyer, Jon Schoenhorn. “I believe the best expression right here is, ‘she’s left holding the bag.'” Authorities nonetheless plan on pursuing expenses together with conspiracy to commit homicide in opposition to Troconis, leaving her dealing with the opportunity of years in jail for the demise of a girl she by no means met and whose physique has by no means been discovered.
In 2020, Michelle Troconis, two of her sisters and her father met with “48 Hours” in Connecticut. Troconis could be very skinny, with the load of the previous 12 months etched in her eyes and face. Though she declined to reply questions, her lawyer and household answered an array of questions starting from why Troconis moved to Connecticut within the first place to what she knew about Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
They are saying that when Michelle Troconis moved together with her younger daughter to Connecticut, she knew nothing concerning the difficulties within the Dulos marriage. Lawyer Schoenhorn says Fotis lied to Michelle, telling her that the couple was amicably divorcing.
“Properly, hindsight, in fact, is 20/20, proper?” Schoenhorn stated. “…Had she even identified about how contentious the connection turned between Jennifer and Fotis, she by no means would have moved up right here.” And Fotis Dulos did not simply deceive Michelle, says her household. He lied to all of them as effectively.
Michelle’s youngest sister, Claudia, insists Michelle had no involvement in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. “She’s by no means been a violent individual,” Claudia says. “She’s by no means been revengeful, you understand. … She’s a mom herself.”
However what concerning the surveillance footage that seems to point out Michelle inside Fotis Dulos’ truck as he’s discarding that incriminating trash on Albany Avenue in Hartford? Schoenhorn says he is aware of of no proof that Michelle knew Jennifer Dulos was lacking at that time or that she had any concept what was contained in the black luggage.
Schoenhorn says no bodily proof ties Michelle to any of the proof recovered from that night time and factors to these police movies that, he says, present Michelle cooperating with police. “She not solely didn’t know what was in these luggage,” says Schoenhorn, “…she informed police this a number of occasions, she had no concept what he was truly doing.”
However Connecticut investigators say Michelle Troconis modified her tales over the course of three interviews and so they consider she is aware of greater than what she is saying.
Does Michelle Troconis know what occurred to Jennifer Dulos? If she would not, it is simply doable that Fotis Dulos took that secret to his grave, leaving his personal kids a horrible legacy of loss.
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