NORWALK, CT (WFSB) - The same day the estranged husband of a missing mother from New Canaan faced a judge for his most recent charge, police were searching a West Hartford reservoir in connection with the case.

Fotis Dulos pleaded not guilty to a new count of tampering with evidence. He was arrested for the second time last week in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.

Also on Thursday, New Canaan police said a gag order was put in place by a judge, who said it is necessary if there is going to be a fair trial.

Read the gag order here.

According to sources, the search at the West Hartford reservoir on Route 4 was connected to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. A few troopers were seen at the reservoir just before 1:30 p.m.

After the court appearance, Fotis Dulos' attorney Norm Pattis said he had three words for the state: "Bring it on."

"I guess what our message is, when you decide what you think, come see us in court and stop telling us what you believe because those beliefs aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on," Pattis said.

Fotis Dulos' next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 4.

State police arrested him at his home in Farmington last Wednesday.

The arrest warrant shed some light on some details of the case.

Jennifer Dulos, the mother of their five children, was reported missing on May 24.

TIMELINE: Events surrounding New Canaan mom's disappearance

An attorney for Fotis Dulos' in-laws exclusively told Channel 3 this week that the family believes Jennifer Dulos is dead.

See the full interview here.

Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were initially charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.

The latest 43-page arrest warrant included allegations that Fotis Dulos drove an employee's work truck to New Canaan the day Jennifer Dulos disappeared, waited for Jennifer Dulos to return home from dropping their children off at school, attacked her, and drove away with her body.

Also in the warrant, when asked about the truck and why Fotis was looking to wash the truck, Troconis was quoted in the warrant, saying “…it’s because the body of Jennifer at some point was in there."

Fotis Dulos, however, continues to maintain his innocence. He continues to deny any involvement in his estranged wife's disappearance.

On Thursday at the MDC reservoir on Farmington Avenue, officers were seen coming and going from the location.

During the 15-week investigation, police have been searching several locations.

So far, in addition to the Hartford trash to energy plant where police spent weeks, they've also keyed in on Fisher Meadow in Avon, a water ski pond in Avon, and the reservoir.

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(4) comments


I think Fotis's lawyer is a little too arrogant, there is tons of evidence that points to him and only him. And I am sure a lot more that hasn't been presented yet. I have noticed in other cases that this lawyer has handled seems that the client most often ends up going to prison. I think Fotis is going to go from a rich man living off of women's money to a very poor man with nothing at all. There have been many cases for murder with no body so watch out FOTIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your time is coming.


Perfect comment

Jame Gumb

The evidence is overwhelming, even without a body. This murderer is going to jail.


If the state had anything he would be in jail.

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