While a judge denied a bond reduction or increase for Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mom Jennifer Dulos, during a court hearing on Tuesday, June 11, new DNA evidence links him to her New Canaan home.
“The lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was found in a mixture on the faucet inside Jennifer’s kitchen in the house she went missing. Both the mixture and the defendant’s DNA. It was blood on the faucet,” State Prosecutor Richard Colangelo told Stamford Superior Court Judge John Blawie.
Colangelo asked for the higher bail of $850,000 in light of the new evidence, said ABC News 7.
Fotis Dulos' attorney, Norm Pattis, had argued for lower bail, adding that his client had not been charged with murder.
The controversial attorney also said he expects his client to bail out later Tuesday, at which time he will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle, hand over his passports, and he will not be allowed to leave the state or travel more than 15-mile from his home, the judge said.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, was reported missing around 7 p.m. after failing to show up to numerous appointments on Friday, May 24. She was last seen earlier that morning dropping her children off at the New Canaan Country School.
The couple had been in the middle of a contentious divorce, and Jennifer Dulos had expressed concern for her safety, saying she was afraid of her husband in court papers.
Both Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, 44-year-old Michelle Troconis, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. Troconis bailed at last week and has since met with state police and Colangelo.
Meanwhile, police are still searching a Hartford garbage and recycling plant after court documents revealed last week that clothing and sponges containing Jennifer Dulos' blood were found in trash cans in Hartford along a four-mile stretch of Albany Avenue. Video surveillance shows a man matching Fotis Dulos dropping the items in more than 30 garbage cans.
The New Canaan police department has also created a web site findjenniferdulos.com for the public in hopes it will lead to any clue that will help them find Jennifer Dulos. There is also an email address dedicated to the case where tips can be sent FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov.
“Information from the public has aided the progress of this investigation, said New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. "We urge everyone with information regarding Jennifer’s disappearance to contact us."
To date, investigators have received more than 310 tips regarding the disappearance of Jennifer and nearly 75 responses with video surveillance from homes or businesses, the chief said.
"We will not rest until we find Jennifer," he added.
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