Three weeks ago, Jennifer Dulos of New Canaan, Connecticut, mysteriously vanished as a result of what investigators believe could’ve been foul play.
Since the mother-of-five’s disappearance, police have discovered her abandoned car, bloodstained clothes, and video footage that points toward two suspects: the estranged husband Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis.
Although Jennifer has not yet been found, police are getting closer to solving the mystery that has shaken the New Canaan community, which happens to be one of the wealthiest towns in the United States.
The story has all the makings of a Nora Roberts novel: Wealth, jealousy, bold infidelity, resentment, and many, many secrets. It’s no surprise to see it become national news shared by thousands of people around the world on social media.
Traci Sanders from Dallas Texas was intrigued immediately, and wasted no time starting the Facebook Group
“Jennifer Dulos, Fotis Dulos, Michelle Troconis, Connecticut Case Discussion” a few days after the Connecticut mother-of-five was reported missing.
Within two weeks, the group has amassed over seven thousand members who share wild speculations about what happened to Jennifer, and a wide range of other topics — including Jennifer’s whereabouts, the child custody battle for Jennifer & Fotis’s five children, the role Michelle Troconis played, whether Troconis and Dulos are cooperating, the civil litigation between Fotis Dulos and Jennifer’s mother Gloria Farber, properties affiliated with Fotis Dulos owned business called the Fore Group.
The following are a few screenshots of comments from members of “Jennifer Dulos, Fotis Dulos, Michelle Troconis, Connecticut Case Discussion” based on the sparse details
offered thus far by police:
This Facebook group, which collects hundreds of comments every day, is an example of the evolving infatuation with discussing, theorizing and speculating about an active case in real time.Some participants take part in the conversation, relishing the mystery and intrigue, while others observe the theories and do their own digging.
It was not the first such group Traci Sanders has helped create and administer. She, along with six other women, run more than fifty other Facebook groups, sparking discussions around high
profile cases involving abductions, missing persons and murder.
Sanders, 33, met the other admins in 2012 in a Facebook group about the James Holmes Aurora Colorado mass shooting inside Century 16 Theater.
In a phone interview with YC, Sanders said she and the other women didn’t agree with how the group that group was being run, so they created their own group.
“In our group we let the members discuss their feelings, let them get everything out,” Sanders told us. “People started flocking in and it kinda snowballed from there.” Sanders said the Facebook
groups she manages are pretty much uncensored, anything goes.
“The few rules we have are no doxxing personal information, members can’t attack or harass other members, just ‘scroll and roll’ if they don’t like a particular post.”
Sanders explained to YC the importance of running the Jennifer Dulos group.
“Our group is a valuable resource by providing up-to-date information about this case. We will cover the entire judicial proceedings at every angle through its entirety. We hope people that actually know Jennifer, Fotis, and Michelle will join the group and provide insight about their lives so everyone gets a clearer picture on what happened and why, but most importantly we seek justice for Jennifer.”
Sanders provided YC News with some of the other Facebook groups she and her admins run.
Sanders said she will continue to set up more Facebook groups as new tragedies occur.