The Manafort Family are no strangers to Fotis Dulos, the man police claim is involved in the disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos. What’s more, neighbors claim the family doesn’t want any involvement which is why they’ve “been extremely silent.”
Manafort Brothers Inc., a family-operated New England construction company, purchased a parcel of land located on Oltcott Way in Farmington, Ct. from the Fore Group in Feb. 2019.
Property records obtained by Ali Eslami and reviewed by yc.news reveal the cousin of Paul Manafort, Jim Manafort, purchased the lot for $250,000. Authorities searched the lot for days on end.
On June 8 Fore Group removed the listing from their website. Fotis Dulos, founder and owner of the Fore Group, stands accused of crimes pertaining to the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Dulos.
“There is an odd connection between the two – what makes it odd is the fact that the Fore Group removed the listing immediately after Jennifer’s disappearance, even though the sale was nearly six months prior,” a neighbor in the area told yc.news under the condition of anonymity. “Why the effort from Dulos to cleanup that link to Olcott & Manafort on June 8?”
What’s more, a second relative of the imprisoned lobbyist – James Manafort Jr. – lives directly across the road from a second property owned by Dulos’ on Mountain Spring Road – just footsteps away from where neighbors claim they heard “loud banging” coming from inside the home the morning after the mom vanished.
“They’ve stayed extremely silent about the entire situation,” a nosey-neighbor told yc.news. “They don’t want their name all over the news, so if they heard or know anything, it’s probable it’ll remain a secret.”
–– THE RUNDOWN ––
Fotis Dulos, 52, Michelle Troconis, 44 and attorney Kent Mawhinney stand accused of charges pertaining to murder in connection to missing Connecticut mother-of-five, Jennifer Farber Dulos, 50, of New Canaan.
Jennifer Dulos vanished on May 24 after dropping her five children off at school. But “to date, the whereabouts of Jennifer Dulos is unknown,” according to the arrest warrants.
On June 1, the case garnered international attention when Fotis & his former mistress-turned-girlfriend, 44-year-old Michelle Troconis, were arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the mother-of-five’s disappearance.
Authorities previously said they located video surveillance that appeared to show the two dumping bags of evidence, including blood drenched sponges, clothing, and other material, at over 30 locations in a four-mile radius. But ultimately police only located a fraction of what was originally heavily speculated, according to the charging documents.
Their short-lived release was cut short on Jan. 7, 2020, when Fotis & Michelle were re-arrested for charges pertaining to the alleged murder of Jennifer Dulos. 52-year-old Kent Mawhinney, a Connecticut based attorney, was also arrested and charged in connection to the disappearance of the mother-of-five.
Troconis was released from custody after posting $1.5m bond. She was transported to a local hospital after sources say she suffered from “mental and/or heart issues.”
Mawhinney remains in jail on $2m bond. Fotis was released on $6m bond and placed under house arrest pending the outcome of the trial.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Dulos had any involvement in the disappearance of his wife Jennifer and we defy the state to prove she is in-fact dead. As far as we’re concerned Mr. Dulos is not guilty,” Norm Pattis told reporters during a news conference outside of his New Haven law office. “The warrants come as a great relief to us because after month of listening to innuendo suggestion and rumors we have something to shoot at and we intend to start firing those shots at Mr. Dulos’ bond hearing tomorrow morning.”
“The state of Connecticut picked this fight and has twice entered a dagger into the presumption of innocence – so we’ll simply leave it at this: If this is all the state’s got, we wonder why it bothered.” Pattis said.
However, authorities remain stumped as they cannot figure out the whereabouts of Jennifer Dulos.
Additional Reporting By: Chief Investigative Correspondent & Justice Editor Jonathan Riches & Hong Xie in Partnership with BADMINS™
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