The shirt and bra missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos was wearing on the day she vanished have been found stained with her blood, according to a report.
A Vineyard Vines T-shirt, bra, two mops and some sponges stained with blood confirmed to be that of Dulos were found in a trash can in Hartford several days after she disappeared May 24, law enforcement sources told the Hartford Courant.
The items were found in a black contractor bag as police searched along Albany Avenue, where investigators have said Dulos’ estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was allegedly captured on surveillance footage throwing multiple bags into trash cans and dumpsters starting about 7 p.m. the day she disappeared.
Authorities have not released an official accounting of what was in the bloody bags. They have also not provided details of what they were looking for during the three weeks they scoured a Hartford trash plant.
Loved ones said Jennifer often wore a Vineyard Vines T-shirt similar to the top recovered, sources told the Courant.
“I am unaware of any evidence about what she was wearing,” Fotis’ attorney, Norm Pattis, told the paper. “This sounds like desperate speculation. The state has alleged that Jennifer’s blood was in one or more bags. That is far more troubling than an item of clothing.”
Sources reportedly told the Courant investigators tracked Fotis and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, to Albany Avenue through their phones.
Jennifer, 50, went missing after dropping off her kids at the New Canaan Country School the morning of May 24. She never showed up for two appointments in New York that day and was reported missing by friends about 7 p.m., officials said.
Her black 2017 Chevy Suburban was found on a road about 4 miles from her home.
Jennifer and Fotis spent the past two years fighting over custody of their five children, who have been staying with their maternal grandmother in New York. She filed a motion in family court this week seeking sole custody of the children.
Fotis and Troconis have been charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.
Both have pleaded not guilty and are free after posting $500,000 bail.
Fotis has twice accused Jennifer of trying to frame him for her disappearance, saying her going missing was a ploy to keep him from their children.
Jennifer’s family has dismissed the theory, calling it a "classic act of desperation to slander the victim."
“None of this feels real. We tell ourselves that this kind of nightmare happens to people in stories, not to those we know and love,” Jennifer's family said in a statement.
“But this situation is real, and it is dire. Each passing day intensifies the impact of this tragedy on Jennifer’s children, who have not seen their mother — the guiding presence in their lives.”
Troconis is due in court Aug. 19, while Fotis is expected to appear Aug. 9.