Hours after her husband’s launch on bail Tuesday, family members and pals of Jennifer Dulos issued a touching assertion concerning the lacking mom of 5, who has not been seen or heard from in almost three weeks, asking that anybody with any data regarding her whereabouts come ahead.
The assertion, offered to PEOPLE, acknowledges the “steady stream of love” the household has acquired within the wake of Jennifer’s mysterious disappearance, noting “these gestures of empathy and kinship have helped keep us going.”
The assertion was launched hours after a lawyer for Jennifer’s estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, 51, efficiently argued for a $400,000 discount in his bond.
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The husband, who pleaded not responsible Tuesday to tampering with or fabricating bodily proof and hindering prosecution expenses, was launched on Tuesday afternoon after posting $100,000 for his launch.
Fotis Dulos spent every week in custody following his and his 44-year-old girlfriend Michelle Troconis’ June 2 arrests.
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Troconis, arrested on the identical expenses, additionally pleaded not responsible Tuesday. She was launched final week after posting bond.
“As the news cycle propels the story of Jennifer’s disappearance forward, we must not lose sight of the enormous human cost of this tragedy: five young children have not seen their mother in 18 days,” the assertion continues. “Jennifer is the fixed presence of their lives. She has sole bodily custody and has devoted her full energies to their care and happiness.
“Jennifer’s family, friends and above all her children are living in limbo—missing her embrace, her lilting laugh, her bedtime backrubs, her gentle strength. Please know that the children are safe and loved and supported in every respect. But more than anything in the world, they long to know where their mother is.”
The assertion urges anybody with any details about Jennifer’s disappearance or her whereabouts to come back ahead by logging onto the web site FindJenniferDulos.com, the place they’ll go away ideas.
Tipsters can even name the New Canaan Police Division’s devoted line at (203) 594-3544.
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Beneath the situations of their launch, Fotis Dulos and Troconis should put on GPS-monitoring gadgets round their ankles.
PEOPLE confirms that on Tuesday, in court docket, State’s Lawyer Richard Colangelo sought the next bond quantity, alleging that Fotis Dulos’ DNA was discovered blended in along with his spouse’s blood on a faucet within the kitchen of her New Canaan house.
His lawyer, Norm Pattis, couldn’t be reached for remark. PEOPLE has additionally left messages at numbers listed to Fotis Dulos.
On Tuesday, after leaving court docket, Fotis Dulos was trailed by a swarm of reporters, saying nothing for a number of minutes earlier than lastly providing a “Sorry” to the media flock.
State’s Lawyer Richard Colangelo argued at a quick listening to that Fotis Dulos’ DNA was discovered blended in along with his spouse’s blood on a faucet within the kitchen of her New Canaan house and that bond must be raised to $850,000. The judget stored it at $500,000.
Jennifer vanished May 24 after dropping her 5 youngsters off in school. Hours later, her empty SUV was recovered from a park in New Canaan.
Ever since, the seek for Jennifer has spanned your complete state, with investigators doing expansive searches in Hartford and the close by suburb of Farmington.
The Hartford Courant experiences that Jennifer alleged in court docket filings her husband threatened her and her youngsters, telling her he would kidnap them and transfer to Greece.
Talking to ABC Information, Pattis stated he absolutely expects his consumer can be exonerated, calling the state’s case “weak” and hinting his consumer has an “enormous” alibi.
Troconis is due again in court docket July 18; her lawyer, Andrew Bowman, couldn’t be reached for remark. In the meantime, Fotis Dulos’ subsequent look is scheduled for August 2.
Investigators proceed to sift by way of trash at a facility in Hartford.
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Surveillance video allegedly captured Fotis Dulos and Troconis in his black Ford Raptor pickup truck stopping at greater than 30 places in Hartford and disposing of plastic trash baggage containing gadgets stained along with his spouse’s blood on May 24, reads an affidavit beforehand obtained by PEOPLE.
Authorities have undertaken a number of searches of Fotis Dulos’ house and property.
— With further reporting by K.C. Baker