Police Search Body Of Water In Disappearance Of Mother Of 5

June 12, 2019 - 3:56 pm

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (WCBS 880/AP) — A Connecticut State Police dive team has started searching a body of water in Avon as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a mother of five who has been missing for nearly three weeks.

Fifty-year-old Jennifer Dulos, of New Canaan, has been missing since May 24. She and her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, have been involved in contentious divorce and child custody proceedings. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges related to his wife's disappearance.

Police said Wednesday they were searching the body of water on Old Farms Road in Avon and investigators were continuing to search a Hartford trash plant for evidence related to the disappearance.

Search crews focused their attention on the lake hidden behind a storage facility in Avon. It's a location that meant something to the Dulos family.

In divorce documents, Jennifer Dulos said her husband would take their five kids to that lake to learn how to water ski and that it was an obsession of her estranged husband -- one that made their kids sick of water skiing," WCBS 880's Mike Smeltz reported.

"No body cases are pretty rare to bring to court," said retired NYPD Sgt. and current John Jay College adjunct professor Joe Giacalone . He says finding Jennifer’s body is crucial to prove in court that Dulos is in fact deceased.

"You know because the defense attorneys are going to say that she's alive somewhere working in a car wash in Seattle or something and she just wanted to leave and didn't want to be part of her life anymore. She was having problems with her husband so she wanted to get away," Giacalone said.

A tipline set up in the search for Jennifer has received nearly 500 tips and 80 videos from nearby homeowners in Connecticut have been handed over to the police.

A statement newly released from Jennifer’s family calls for more help from the public, saying that Jennifer’s five children want more than anything in the world to know where their mother is.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)