Connecticut police returned to a mansion near the home of late murder suspect Fotis Dulos Thursday in an apparent search for the body of his missing wife Jennifer Farber Dulos.
At least a dozen state police cars descended on the sprawling estate on Sky View Drive in Avon, the Hartford Courant reported.
The secluded, 4-acre property is a little more than a mile from the Jefferson Crossing home where Fotis lived and was found unresponsive amid a suicide bid three weeks after he was charged with Jennifer’s murder in January.
Fotis and Jennifer Dulos lived briefly at the Sky View Drive property years ago, before their bitter divorce and child custody battle, and Fotis’ construction company worked on the home in 2018, so he likely was aware the 15,000-square-foot house had sat unoccupied since 2017, The Courant reported.
State police did visit the property after Jennifer’s May 2019 disappearance, but detectives didn’t get a search warrant or use cadaver dogs to search the woods behind the house or the septic tank, as they did at several other properties Fotis owned, sources told The Courant.
The home’s owner said investigators searched his property last June after he gave them permission, but he wasn’t sure how thorough the visit was.
“I told them, ‘Whatever you need to do if it helps find the missing mother of five children,’” owner David Ford told The Courant.
Jennifer was last seen alive dropping her five kids off at their school in New Canaan on May 24, 2019.
Fotis was charged with her murder Jan. 7.
Three weeks later on Jan. 28, he was found unresponsive in the front seat of his SUV with the vehicle’s engine running in the enclosed garage of his Farmington mansion. He died in a Bronx hospital two days later.
Arrest and search warrant affidavits allege he attacked Jennifer in her New Canaan home the morning she went missing.
Investigators say blood evidence in her garage points to a “serious physical assault” and that Fotis was seen hours later dumping items stained with Jennifer’s blood in random receptacles around Hartford.
The bloody items included a shirt, sponges and plastic zip ties.
Jennifer’s blood also was found on a seat that Fotis ordered removed from the borrowed truck he was driving the day she vanished.