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Conn. state police search pond associated husband of missing mother

Dave Altimari, Nicholas Rondinone and David Owens, The Hartford Courant on

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut state police dog teams and divers began inspecting the water skiing lake in Avon Wednesday where Fotis Dulos brought his children to train, as the search for his missing wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, entered its 19th day.

At least two troopers with dogs were searching the woods behind the pond located off of Old Farm Road in Avon, and police officials said a dive team was also dispatched to the roughly quarter-mile-long body of water. Sources said police were planning to do some sort of sonar scanning of the pond. They also used divers Wednesday afternoon to search the lake.

Farber Dulos has been missing since May 24 and police have focused their most recent search efforts on a trash-to-energy plant in Hartford and properties that Fotis Dulos owns in the Farmington area. Police said they remained at the trash-to-energy plant on Wednesday.

Along with searching, they have been pushing the public for help, amassing more than 475 tips from across the globe on Farber Dulos' location.

Dulos took the couple's five children to the water skiing pond frequently and his Facebook page was filled with pictures of him skiing on the lake. Several of the older Dulos children are nationally ranked water skiiers; however, in divorce filings, Farber Dulos claimed her children were sick of water skiing and that her husband had placed too much pressure on them to succeed.

"The children have told me that they do not want to waterski at this level," Farber Dulos said in a court filing.

 

"They are physically and emotionally exhausted and have begged me to do something about it. We are all terrified to disobey my husband."

The document goes on to say that if the children complain about the waterskiing Dulos bullies them.

"For example, on one occasion when my son felt too tired to ski, my husband threw one of his skis against a rock and broke it in a fit of rage," she wrote.

When Farber Dulos moved the children to New Canaan after filing for divorce in July 2017 she enrolled one of her sons in a ice hockey program, which Dulos complained about in court documents, claiming the son was miserable having "pucks shot at him all day."

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