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Attorney for Fotis Dulos questions whether missing woman was ill or may have been undergoing pregnancy testing

Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant on

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In his new motion Pattis does specify that he believes the testing that Farber Dulos underwent took place at a New York-city based gynecological and fertility clinic.

In Tuesday's court filing, Pattis again raised questions about whether there is money missing from the couple's joint accounts.

"Ms. Dulos had been withdrawing large sums of money from three separate checking accounts at the same time she was undergoing the above-referenced testing, including a series of ultrasound services in April 2019 just prior to her disappearance," Pattis said.

Pattis has mentioned the missing money before briefly referring to it during a recent court hearing without elaborating on it. The new motion doesn't quantify what the "large amount of money" may have been.

Dulos, 52, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, both face charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in connection with Farber Dulos' May 24 disappearance. Both are free on bond. Dulos is scheduled to appear Thursday in Norwalk Superior Court where he is expected to plead not guilty to the latest charges that were filed by state police last week.

Police say surveillance video taken on Albany Avenue in Hartford shows a man state police said is Dulos and a woman they believe is Troconis dumping garbage bags into two trash cans along the roadway. State police recovered some of the items that were dumped including a Vineyard Vines shirt that Farber Dulos was wearing the day she disappeared and sponges and mops that had blood on them.

DNA testing showed that blood on all of the items belonged to Farber Dulos. The garbage dumping occurred on the same day Farber Dulos disappeared. Police discovered that they were there because both of their phones pinged in the Albany Avenue area.

The Courant has interviewed a man who found one of the garbage bags in a trash can near Garden Street. The man said he found a bloody pillow and a knife in the bag and that he took the knife and sold it to a man named "Fudge" a day or so later for a $5 rock of crack cocaine. The Courant also has interviewed Fudge who said he sold the knife for $10 to buy food. He said he told police he didn't know the man's name who bought the knife.

Court records say police traced a red Toyota Tacoma truck that belonged to an employee of Fore Group Inc. from Farmington to New Canaan and back on the morning of May 24. Police said that Dulos parked the vehicle on Lapham Road and then waited for Farber Dulos to return from bringing the children to school and then attacked her in the garage of her Welles Lane home, according to court records.

 

Police said Farber Dulos' body was then transported in her own Chevy Suburban back to Lapham Road and returned to a house on Mountain Spring Road. Police said Troconis met Dulos there with black garbage bags. Troconis told police that when she got to Mountain Spring he was cleaning a "coffee spill" from the front seat of the Tacoma. Troconis said that he handed her one of the dirty towels but it didn't smell like coffee, court records said.

State police said they later found blood in the truck and that DNA tests showed it was Farber Dulos' blood, court records said.

Police also have surveillance video of Dulos bringing the red truck to a car wash in Avon to have it washed and detailed. Troconis at first told state police that Dulos called her from the car wash to ask for a ride, but later changed her story when they showed her video from a neighbor's security camera that showed her driving behind him leaving Jefferson Court to go to the car wash, court records said.

Police said that Dulos took $500 cash out of an ATM near the car wash to pay for the detailing. Troconis can be seen in the vehicle with him as he withdraws the money, court records said.

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