Greek-born Connecticut man Fotis Dulos, who had been charged with murdering his estranged and missing wife, has died following a suicide attempt, his lawyer Norm Pattis announced at a press conference.
The Greek-American had made an apparent suicide attempt on Tuesday.
Dulos, 52, was transferred in critical condition to UConn Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, and was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, Farmington Police Lt. Tim McKenzie said.
McKenzie told the press that officers conducted a well-being check at Dulos’ house on Tuesday just before noon after he did not appear in court for an emergency bond hearing. Upon arrival, officers saw Dulos sitting in his vehicle in the house’s garage in obvious signs of medical distress, so they forced entry and began CPR.
Dulos’ wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, a 50-year-old mother of five, disappeared in May 2019 in New Canaan, Connecticut, after she dropped her children off at school. Investigators found her car near a park not far from her home, but she has not been seen or heard from since, and officials now believe she is dead.
She and Fotis Dulos were in the midst of a bitter custody battle at the time of her disappearance. Jennifer Dulos moved out in 2017 to another home in New Canaan and she filed for divorce, court records show. She had told officials that she was afraid of her husband before her disappearance.
Dulos and his then-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested in June and charged with tampering with or fabricating evidence after investigators found blood stains and evidence of attempts to clean a crime scene, officials said. They had pleaded not guilty at the time.
The Greek native was arrested on murder and kidnapping charges earlier this month and again pleaded not guilty. Troconis, along with Dulos’ friend and former attorney Kent Mawhinney, have also been arraigned on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
Neither has entered a plea yet.
Fotis Dulos had denied wrongdoing and his attorney has stated that the murder case against him lacks sufficient evidence. He was released on a $6 million bond earlier this month, and an emergency bond hearing had been set for Tuesday at noon.