Police reportedly believe a hunting switchblade salvaged from a trash bin and traded first for drugs and later for $10 was used to murder missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos.
In an interview with the Hartford Courant, a homeless man identified only as “Fudge” said police tracked him down and grilled him about the blade after Jennifer went missing May 24 amid a bitter child custody battle with her estranged husband Fotis Dulos.
“I had no idea it (the knife) was from some murder until the police told me when they questioned me. I said I had nothing to do with no murder,” the man told The Courant.
He described the weapon as a hunting knife with a folding blade slightly larger than a steak knife. He claimed he traded four cigarettes to acquire it from a man known as “George.”
“George picks things out of the garbage and sells them all of the time. Everybody on Albany knows that,” Fudge told The Courant. “It didn’t have any blood on it when I got it. George must have wiped it off.”
He said he kept the knife for a few days, then decided to sell it for $10 “because my stomach started grumbling,” The Courant reported.
Connecticut state police reportedly believe the knife was dumped in a trash bin on Albany Ave. in Hartford the same day Jennifer went missing. The bin was in the same area where Fotis allegedly dumped blood-stained items later traced back to Jennifer.
In an interview with The Courant last month, the man known as George said he was searching through trash along Albany Ave. when he found the knife in a bag also containing a pillow with blue and white stripes. He reportedly said both items had blood on them.
The man can be seen on surveillance video wiping an object on his pants leg and putting it in his pocket, The Courant reported.
George told the newspaper he sold the knife to Fudge in exchange for a $5 rock of crack cocaine.
Fotis, 52, and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the high-profile case. They were first arrested in June and then booked again on additional charges last week.
Both have pleaded not guilty and are free on bond pending appearances in Stamford Superior Court this month.
Authorities claim they found blood splatter and evidence of a cleanup at Jennifer’s New Canaan home as well at Fotis’ DNA mixed with Jennifer’s blood on the faucet of her kitchen sink.
They also claim surveillance footage shows Fotis and Troconis driving together along Albany Ave. the night of May 24, ditching items during multiple stops.
Investigators have said they found some of the items, including clothing and a sponge stained with Jennifer’s blood and altered license plates tied to a vehicle previously registered to Fotis.
Fotis sat down for an interview with NBC’s “Dateline” before his re-arrest last week and denied any wrongdoing.
In the interview set to air Monday night, he was adamant he believes his spouse remains alive.
“I did not,” he said when asked if he played any role in his wife’s disappearance. “But I’d like to leave it at that.”
The 50-year-old mother of five was last seen dropping their kids off at their school in New Canaan the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
Troconis, meanwhile, appears to have flipped on her former live-in love. According to arrest warrant affidavits released last week, the 44-year-old entrepreneur made damning statements about the purported blood evidence found inside the Toyota truck Fotis allegedly borrowed the day Jennifer vanished.
Faced with repeated questions about the red truck, Troconis reportedly told cops she found Dulos cleaning what he described as a coffee spill inside the Tacoma. Authorities say Fotis later had the truck cleaned and detailed before returning it to the employee who owned it.
Confronted with the blood evidence, Tronconis reportedly told cops it was found “because the body of Jennifer at some point was in there.”