Search for Missing Mom Leads to Hartford Trash Facility

Twenty troopers and a number of K9s arrived for the search

Connecticut State Police are searching a trash facility in Hartford for evidence related to the disappearance of a New Canaan mother.

Arrest warrants released Monday show the blood of 50-year-old Jennifer Dulos was found on clothing and other items dumped in several locations in Hartford where two people matching the description of her estranged husband and his girlfriend were recorded on video disposing of trash.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told NBC Connecticut that state police contacted the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) on Friday about a garbage truck that made a collection on Tuesday, May 28.

The garbage was processed the same day, according to the source.

State police arrived at MIRA on Monday with 20 troopers and a number of K9s.

The source said MIRA directed state police to an area in the facility where shredded garbage would be so they could search it.

State police began searching through the material at the site on Maxim Road on Monday and are continuing their search on Tuesday.

MIRA released a statement about the police activity at the facility.

“The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority ("MIRA") receives municipal solid waste from the City of Hartford and other communities via contract at the Connecticut Solid Waste System Resource Recovery Facility (“CSWS RRF”) in Hartford, Connecticut. MIRA is currently cooperating with the Connecticut State Police regarding their need to investigate solid waste delivered to the CSWS RRF,” the statement from the company says.

More information is posted here on the MIRA resource recovery facility. 

Dulos was last seen dropping her five children off at school on May 24.

Her estranged husband, 51-year-old Fotis Dulos, and his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution.

The estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, a missing New Canaan woman, and his girlfriend appeared in court Monday after being charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the first degree in connection to the missing person case and bond was set at $500,000 for both of them. Fotis Dulos, 51, and his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle C. Troconis, were arrested over the weekend. If they post bond, they will be subject to GPS monitoring and will be required to turn in their passports.

Prosecutors told a judge Monday that they expect to file additional charges.

Meanwhile, police have asked residents and business owners who have surveillance video systems to save video from around the time Dulos disappeared.

Dulos' mother Gloria Faber on Tuesday filed for custody of her grandchildren. The children have been staying with Farber in New York since their mother disappeared.

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