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Lawyer: Missing Connecticut mother should be declared dead, was likely dismembered

Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant on

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The court-appointed lawyer overseeing the estate of Fotis Dulos has filed a motion asking the probate judge to declare Jennifer Farber Dulos dead, arguing that she was likely dismembered after she disappeared nearly 15 months ago.

Normally in Connecticut a person has to be missing for seven years before the probate court will declare them legally dead, but Christopher Hug is trying to speed up that process because he wants Dulos' estate to have access to a retirement account that has more than $194,000 in it, according to the court records.

Fotis Dulos, who was still married to Jennifer Farber Dulos when he died, tried to commit suicide last January when he connected a vacuum cleaner hose to the tailpipe of his car. He was rescued by Farmington police and emergency personnel only to die a few days later. Dulos didn't have a will and left no beneficiary to his estate.

Farber Dulos disappeared on May 24, 2019, after dropping the couple's five children off at private school.

Under Connecticut law, the person's spouse would be the beneficiary of the IRA, which is managed by Fidelity Investments. If the spouse is shown to have died before Dulos, then the estate would be the beneficiary.

In a letter to Fidelity regarding the IRA, Hug wrote that "there's no doubt she is deceased."

 

"The undersigned remains active in assisting law enforcement with locating Jennifer's remains, which are now believed to be in multiple dismembered parts," Hug wrote.

He doesn't expound on that theory further in the letter. Fidelity officials rejected his request, saying without a formal death certificate showing Farber Dulos was dead she would still be considered the beneficiary.

Farmington Probate Judge Evelyn Daly hasn't scheduled a hearing on Hug's motion.

Attorney Richard Weinstein, who is representing Gloria Farber, the mother of Jennifer Farber Dulos, filed a motion supporting the declaration that Farber Dulos is dead.

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