The family of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos are marking her 51st birthday with heartache — and a request.
“In Jennifer’s honor, her family and loved ones would like to encourage gestures of kindness — send a loving note to a friend, assist a person in need, tell a child they’re special,” the family said in a statement Friday.
“Jennifer has now been missing for more than four months,” the statement said. “The heartbreak goes on even as time moves forward.”
Relatives said they were grateful for the “ongoing support and solidarity” from the community and the “tireless and dedicated efforts” of the New Canaan and Connecticut State Police.
Jennifer Dulos was last seen alive May 24, when she dropped the five kids she shares with estranged husband Fotis Dulos off at their New Canaan school.
She and Fotis Dulos were locked in a bitter divorce and custody battle at the time, with Jennifer claiming in court paperwork that she was concerned about her husband’s “irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior.”
Fotis Dulos, 52, was arrested eight days later with girlfriend Michelle Troconis and both were charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Fotis Dulos was slapped with another evidence tampering charge this month.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on two $500,000 bonds.
Police affidavits claim surveillance video and phone records place Fotis Dulos and Troconis together in a Ford Raptor truck that made dozens of stops in Hartford the night Jennifer Dulos vanished.
Investigators claim Fotis ditched trash bags in the area containing clothes and a sponge stained with Jennifer’s blood. Cops also allege he dumped two Connecticut license plates altered with adhesive tape that traced back to a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban he owned.
More affidavit paperwork released this month claims Fotis was driving an employee’s Toyota pickup truck the day Jennifer disappeared. The vehicle’s seats later tested positive for the missing woman’s blood.
The employee told state police that Fotis Dulos asked him to remove the seats from the truck and replace them with seats from his Porsche, The Hartford Courant reported.
Fotis allegedly told the employee he was worried one of his wife’s hairs may have gotten on the seat because he had hugged her. The employee removed the seats but later handed them over to detectives, the Connecticut newspaper reported.
Fotis Dulos maintains he has no idea what happened to his wife and gave a rare statement as he left a court hearing Monday.
“I would like to thank all those people who have given me their support. I just want to tell you how much I love my children, and I can’t wait to see them," he said according to The Courant.