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Conn. cop theorizes missing mom Jennifer Farber Dulos likely died between 2 SUVs in her garage: report

2020-07-22

The lead investigator still looking for missing mom Jennifer Farber Dulos has revealed chilling new details about why police believe she met a violent end inside her Connecticut garage.

In an interview with NBC’s “Dateline” due to air Monday, Sgt. Kenneth Ventresca with the Connecticut State Police said blood spatter evidence suggests she died between two SUVs parked in her garage on May 24, 2019.

“My personal belief says based on the blood spatter a serious, violent assault occurred in that garage,” Ventresca said in an excerpt of the Dateline interview aired Monday on the “Today” show.

“Whether she was bludgeoned to death, you know, standing up, and then fell on the floor between the vehicles,” or she was assaulted on the ground, it’s not clear, he said.

What is clear is that more of Jennifer’s blood was found in the garage than first revealed in the murder warrant paperwork used to arrest her estranged husband Fotis Dulos back in January.

The warrant previously said Jennifer’s blood was found on the hood, bumper and rear fender of a 2014 Range Rover that was found parked in her garage with signs of spatter on its driver’s side.

Ventresca told “Dateline” the blood evidence went far beyond that.

“I mean, you could see the blood spatter underneath the vehicles, I mean up to the drive shaft, underneath the passenger floor boards,” he said.

The other vehicle tied to the alleged murder was Jennifer’s 2017 Chevrolet Suburban. Police later found it abandoned near a local park with its running lights on and spatter on its passenger side, according to Fotis’ arrest warrant.

“We’re still actively investigating. We still have a lot of stuff we’re still doing. And I’m confident we are gonna find her,” Ventresca said.

Richard Colangelo, chief state’s attorney, told Dateline he believes the plastic zip ties previously mentioned in the arrest warrant are the best evidence proving her murder was planned.

According to the warrant released in January, investigators four plastic zip ties in trash bags allegedly ditched by Fotis in Hartford, including two that were stained with Jennifer’s blood.

“The most telling, honestly, was the zip ties that were cut and had Jennifer’s blood on them,” Colangelo told ‘Dateline.’

“Our theory is that they were used to incapacitate Jennifer in the garage,” he said.

Jennifer was last seen alive dropping her five kids off at their school in New Canaan on May 24, 2019.

She and Fotis were embroiled in a bitter divorce and child custody battle when she vanished, and he was charged with her murder Jan. 7.

Three weeks later on Jan. 28, Fotis was found unresponsive in the front seat of his SUV with the vehicle’s engine running in the enclosed garage of his Farmington mansion.

He died in a Bronx hospital two days after he was rushed from the scene of the suicide attempt.