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He Said He Spilled Coffee. But That's Not What It Smelled Like

Fotis Dulos' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, says she threw rag out
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2019 8:29 AM CDT
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Fotis Dulos stands during arraignment on charges of tampering with evidence and first-degree hindering prosecution at Norwalk Superior Court on June 3, 2019.   (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool, File)
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(Newser) – The girlfriend of the estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother admitted the pair concocted fake alibis outlining their movements on the day Jennifer Dulos disappeared, per a warrant. Michelle Troconis—who carried on an affair with Fotis Dulos for at least a year before Jennifer filed for divorce in 2017—told detectives the alibis were handwritten in the Farmington home the couple shares, per the New York Times. An arrest warrant states Dulos ambushed his wife at her New Canaan home on May 24 after she dropped off her kids at school. Investigators say Troconis ultimately admitted she couldn't account for his whereabouts from 8am to early afternoon. But she did recall seeing Dulos clean what he said was spilled coffee from a red Toyota truck he'd borrowed from an employee that day.

Troconis admitted to throwing a stained rag, which did not smell of coffee, in a garbage bag similar to others found containing Jennifer's blood, which Dulos and Troconis are believed to have dumped in Hartford. Dulos took the truck again to have it detailed at a carwash on May 29, the warrant reads, per CBS News, which reports surveillance photos show Dulos dropping a garbage bag into a carwash trash can. Asked why she thought Dulos had cleaned the truck, Troconis allegedly said, "You showed me the picture of the blood in the door it's because the body of Jennifer at some point was in there." Indeed, investigators say Jennifer's DNA was found on seats taken from the truck, per the Journal News. Both Dulos and Troconis, facing new charges of tampering with evidence, are out on bond. No body has been found. (Read more Jennifer Dulos stories.)

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