Investigators have found traces of blood and other evidence that lead them to believe that the Connecticut mother of five children, who has been missing for nearly a week, has been the victim of a violent crime.
State Police Western District Crime Squad detectives spotted blood as they searched Jennifer Dulos' home, Hartford Courant reported.
The 50-year-old brunette was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban six days ago when she dropped off her children at New Canaan School. Their car was found behind Waveny Park, a 250-hectare park with jogging tracks, picnic areas, football, baseball and softball fields.
This week, police raved the park searching for K-9s, drones, and even a New York State police helicopter. They also approached a tall grassy area and a shallow pond about a meter deep, said Steve Benko, director of the city's leisure activities.
Jason Ferraro, police from New Canaan, issued a brief statement on Thursday stating that no body had been found. There were no arrests and Dulos is still missing.
Her family and friends said Thursday that they remained confident that she would be found.
an extremely thoughtful, reliable and organized woman; and testify that she will never disappear if she is responsible for the lives of five loving and energetic children, "the family said in a statement. POLICE
Ferraro announced a day earlier that "a criminal investigation will be conducted simultaneously to determine if Jennifer has been the victim of crime or willful misconduct." The vigil for Dulos on Thursday evening in the parish of St. Aloysius. Almost 200 people gathered in the drizzle for the half-hour service.
"We might ask, we could speculate, we could guess," said Father Rob Kinnally, the pastor of St. Aloysius. "But it is best that we pray."
Aaron Cooper, who runs the New Canaan Country School Private School, which is attended by all five Dulos children, named Dulos a "devoted mother" and "regular volunteer" at the prayer vigil on Thursday.
The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Dulos have taken a threatening turn in recent days. She and her estranged husband Fotis Dulos, a Greek-born construction specialist who attended college in the US, were involved in a stormy custody battle over the couple's children, aged between 8 and 13 years old.
According to court records, Dulos said she was "worried about the safety of her family, especially since she discovered the weapon, as my husband had a controlling, volatile and delusional behavior in the past." She also accused her husband of having threatened to kidnap her children and bring her to Greece for 13 years. He said he gave his pistol to the Farmington police and claimed it was his wife who was the incompetent parent. He also said that Dulos has mental health issues and said she once verbally attacked and verbally abused her husband.
Dulos & # 39; s mother, Gloria Farber, who lives in New York, has sued her former son. in law. Farber and her late husband claimed in court documents that Fotis Dulos had not repaid $ 1.7 million in loans he had borrowed for the purchase and refurbishment of luxury real estate.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.