Estranged husband: “I'm still hoping that she's going to show up”Posted: Updated:
After being arrested for the second time last week, the estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother is speaking out.
Jennifer Dulos vanished more than three months ago. Her husband Fotis was arrested last week after Connecticut state police released an arrest warrant alleging a "blood-like substance" containing Jennifer's DNA was found in the passenger's seat of a truck that Dulos had access to and handwritten "alibi scripts" were found in his office.
Police charged the 52-year-old Wednesday with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, adding to a similar earlier charge, plus one of hindering prosecution.
He later posted a $500,000 bond and was released from police custody.
Before he was arrested, Dulos spoke out in an interview with NBC’s "Dateline." "I wish she were here to sort this mess out. And I'm still hoping that she's going to show up."
Dulos says he believes his missing wife and mother to his five children will reappear soon. "Do you believe Jennifer is alive?" "I do," answers Dulos.
However, when pressed, Dulos went quiet on advice of his attorney. "Against all circumstantial evidence or common understanding?" "I'd like not to discuss this," says Dulos. "I understand. But in your mind, she's alive?" "Yes," says Dulos.
Dulos described his divorce from Jennifer saying there was no abuse during their relationship. "Nothing went catastrophically wrong, it's just, people sometimes grow apart. And I'm not putting the blame on her or me. It just happens, and it happens all the time. It was going to be an amicable divorce. And then one day she just took the children and disappeared. She hired bodyguards and she ran to New York."
The estranged husband once again maintained his innocence. "Fotis, did you have anything to do with Jennifer's disappearance?" "I did not, but I'd like to leave it at that."
Police are also monitoring his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, in connection to Jennifer's disappearance. Last week, she turned herself in after state police also charged her with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Troconis was released on bond and pleaded not guilty. "Remember that Michelle is presumed innocent and she should be," says her attorney Andrew Bowman.
Dulos is due back in court Thursday on tampering with evidence charges.